Monday, December 11, 2017

Racist lawmaker exposed in scathing report

We've talked about Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson before. The Tea Party legislator from Bullitt County made explicitly racist Facebook posts and was a sponsor of fascist legislation such as the unconstitutional "right-to-work" law. The Republicans chose him as their candidate in 2016 despite knowing about his racist posts.

For years, Johnson has also been a pastor of a right-wing Louisville church, where he has declared himself pope. Now the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a detailed report on the sordid history of this preacher-turned-lawmaker...

Here's some key information in the report: Johnson lies about having a divinity degree from an Iowa seminary. He claims to have served as White House chaplain - though no such office exists. He says he set up the morgue for 9/11 victims - though people who were at 9/11 say that's also a lie. Johnson even falsely claimed during his political campaign to have been an ambassador to the UN.

Johnson's church has violated laws prohibiting tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing candidates. A former member of Johnson's church, who tried to run for what is now Johnson's House seat, accuses him of delivering racist sermons.

Johnson was once indicted for setting his Cadillac on fire to collect the insurance money. Later, he was a suspect in a fire that destroyed his own church.

A young woman reported feeling uncomfortable when a drunken Johnson allegedly kissed her at a church party. The pastor has even been accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl. Through it all, the Louisville media has been engaged in a cover-up of Johnson's activities.

Why do we put up with clowns like Dan Johnson in public office?

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