A TEA Party lawmaker says it warms his heart to observe young people in handcuffs and headed to jail.
In a letter to the editor in the Billings Gazette this week, TEA Party Rep. Dave Hagstrom (R-Billings) wrote:
The other day I was driving between jobs and passed a scene similar to what I have observed before, one that always warms my heart and makes me grateful.
Out on a driveway between a home and a shed in the yard was a gathering of about six people. Two, a man and a woman, were wearing logoed shirts, bullet-proof vests and had large black belts with holstered guns. The other people were younger types, all with their hands behind their backs, I imagine in handcuffs….I suspect they were driving them to the jail.
Hagstrom is apparently no fan of young people because, as he claims:
Over the years I have experienced vandalism, property destruction and theft at the hands of young, irresponsible, lazy law breakers.
This is not the first time Hagstrom’s comments have raised eyebrows.
Hagstrom, who is a landlord in a lower-income neighborhood in Montana’s largest city, sent a letter to his tenants telling them “to accept that they don’t need ‘to live as long as they currently do, or as ‘comfortably’ as they currently do,'” the Billings Gazette reported.
The state legislator also made national news for his bizarre comments about sex and ballpoint pens on the floor of the state House of Representatives. He later tried to lie to the press about what he said, but the comments were recorded on public video.
After the remarks, which were made during the 2013 legislative session, Hagstrom was lampooned in a segment called “The Sideshow, this week in GOP Jaw Droppers,” by Chris Matthews. The segment shined a light the most ridiculous things actually said by Republicans across the nation: