Ah the perennial question: is Stacy Campfield stupid, or lying? Here’s his take on the Trayvon Martin case:
I am sorry but people wearing pulled up hoodies do apear ominous and I don’t care what color the person is. If I saw a person in A pulled up hoodie (expecially in the summer in Florida) I would fear the person was trying to concele their identity for some nefarious reason. Seldom a good thing.
Spelling errors are all his, BTW. So we can mark a check in the “stupid” column. But then, we have a glaring factual error to consider: Trayvon Martin was shot on February 26. That is not summer, it’s winter. Also, it was raining. If Stacy Campfield is going to be afraid of people — regardless of their color! — wearing hoodies in the winter in the rain, then he’s gonna need an extra-large box of Depends. And please, let’s take away his firearms because anyone so easily scared is a danger to the rest of us who are just trying to keep our damn heads dry.
Of course, we’re often forced to choose between stupid or lying where people like Stacy Campfield are concerned. And let’s not overlook the third choice: lazy. That he would so easily write that bit about people wearing hoodies in the Florida summer is puzzling. Why would he even do that? Has he so deeply internalized the “Trayvon deserved to die because black people are scary” meme that he’s subconsciously changed the facts of the case? I’m thinking yes, that’s exactly what happened. Usually when doing ideological gymnastics to defend the indefensible, there’s an attempt to at least be somewhat factual. Campfield made no such effort. He just went there: people wearing hoodies in the summer are suspicious and scary and if you get shot and killed, well, that’s sad but understandable.
It wasn’t summer. It was winter. And it was raining. And anyone wearing a hoodie in the rain in winter — regardless of what color the person is — shouldn’t have to worry that Stacy Campfield is gonna crap his pants and pull out a gun.
Little slips like this are very revealing. This tells us that Campfield doesn’t believe people in hoodies are threatening. He’s just reflexively bought the Fox News spin, without even bothering to consider the facts. He’s too lazy to put in the effort for that: if Hannity says it, it must be right! That’s the worst sort of laziness. It’s a rigid adherence to a Fox News worldview and facts be damned.
I can’t believe this man is in the state senate. This is the absolute wrong person to be anywhere near the reins of power.