He’s apparently learned from that lesson. No, he hasn’t stopped saying stupid things; he’s just learned it’s best not to the defend them.
Tasker recently made a remark on Facebook, expressing his disbelief that the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) had hosted the National Black Caucus of State Legislators at ALEC’s annual meeting in Dallas.
His comment, a response to a post by Jordan Ulery, a fellow Republican in New Hampshire’s state house, asked “How do I join the white caucus of state legislators?”
Ulery helpfully replied,
“Caucuses are merely groups of people with similar likes/dislikes. Personally I long for the day of character, not color being again the guiding principle.”
Then Tasker made the remark:
“Yea that was kind of my point. So what are the likes/dislikes of the black caucus that precludes white people from joining? I’m fond of rap music…”
Tasker then offered a link to the music video for “Country Grammar” by Nelly.
He then backed off his remarks quickly, though:
When The Huffington Post reached Tasker on his cell phone to discuss his comments, he quickly said “No, thank you” and hung up. He later sent an email to clarify his comments, saying, “There is too much division by race rather than by ideological belief.”
A New Hampshire progressive advocacy group said Tasker’s latest comments indicate he is “too immature to serve as an elected official.”
“Kyle Tasker has proven time and again that he is unfit to represent New Hampshire values,” Zandra Rice Hawkins, Granite State Progress’ executive director, said in a statement to HuffPost on Friday. “His latest racist remark only continues his pattern of blatant racism and sexism, and his decision earlier this year to make a sexually explicit joke about victims of domestic violence shows he is too immature to serve as an elected official. Tasker’s comments have been fodder in the national news more than once, but voters can put an end to this embarrassment by voting him out of office in November.”
I think Tasker provides a necessary public service as an unfiltered view into what Modern Conservatism actually stands for, without any of the media training. For that, liberals should thank the man for existing. Tasker is an important reminder what happens when you sink into the quagmire of Republican “intellectual thought.”