Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day: Darren Bailey – Daily Kos

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Illinois State Senator and 2022 gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, seen here with his mob boss patron.

Welcome to what is the 1154th original profile here at “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day”, where we’re profiling Darren Bailey, the 2022 GOP gubernatorial challenger to Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who emerged from a crowded primary after serving one term in the Illinois House of Representatives, and one in the Illinois State Senate, respectively. Most of Bailey’s rise to fame/infamy centers around him having run on a campaign touting his successful lawsuit against the sitting governor, where he tried preventing actions taken to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the courts, as well as being such an obstinate schmuck about  mask or vaccine mandates that he was thrown out of a session of the state legislature for refusing to wear a mask. He also has the endorsement of Donald Trump, likely earning that by having supported “The Big Lie” and claiming that Trump’s accusations of widespread voter fraud were accurate.

How has the campaign gone for Bailey since he announced his run, though?

Well, let’s see… the main talking point that Republicans offer up after mass shootings is typically that their thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, which does nothing to solve the problem of gun violence in the United States, and frankly at this point, is as much empathy as any member of the GOP seems to be able to show. After the Highland Park Parade Shooting on the Fourth of July, only hours after the tragedy, Bailey acknowledged that the shooter was still at large, but that people needed to “move on and let’s celebrate- celebrate the independence of this nation.

That’s hardly his only gaffe. Darren Bailey is staunchly anti-choice, and is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. But if that wasn’t enough to trip him up on the issue, he added some anti-Semitism into the mix, as in August, a Facebook video emerged of Bailey in 2017 comparing abortion to the Holocaust.

            ”The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion.”      

Rather than apologize when that surfaced, Baily doubled down, and claimed he had unnamed “Jewish friends” who told him he was right:

            ”The Jewish community themselves have told me that I’m right. That ad went out a day before we met with the Jewish, a day after we met with the Jewish community.”      

Several Chicago rabbis came forward to condemn Bailey’s remarks, and he fell even farther behind in polls, where he was already struggling in spite of having a billionaire cardboard box magnate funding his campaign. All signs point to him losing to J.B. Pritzker tomorrow, and being out of office come 2023 as a result. Nothing of value will be lost to the people of Illinois.      

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November 7, 2022 at 06:50AM

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