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GOP Candidate Fantasizes About Shooting Immigrants

Republican congressional candidate Jarrin Jackson of Oklahoma participated in an interview with Hate Radio host Steve Deace in which he spoke about his time serving in Afghanistan and his plans for America.

Jackson apparently believes the real obstacle to securing our southern border with Mexico is that you can't just shoot immigrants like he did in Afghanistan.

During the interview, Jackson discussed his two tours of service in Afghanistan. “The first go-around, I was a platoon leader just a few miles away from the Pakistan border,” he said, “and really, what we were doing was shore up a porous border kind of like, imagine our southern border, except for we were allowed to shoot ‘em.”


Unless I'm mistaken, Jackson likely had some rules of engagement to follow in Afghanistan. Is he saying he never followed those rules?

In any event, what the hell? It's not as if there are heavily armed militiamen or terrorists pouring over the border from Mexico. Does Jackson believe we should shoot people who are simply looking for a job? Is he saying Border Control agents should be allowed to serve as judge, jury, and executioner?

Long after Donald Trump slinks away back to Trump Tower, men like Jackson will remain. The nomination of Trump may compel a whole new wave of xenophobes to run for office in the coming years. If Trump can run for office and have the rest of the GOP fall in line behind him, why can't they?

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I listened to the soundcloud clip from Ashby’s link and, frankly, I just don’t see that his interpretation stands up. From this quote, all I can get is “in Afghanistan it was this way.”

    While I, too, am tremendously sick of the right-wing macho tough-guy gung-ho military (and psuedo-military!) bravado, I can’t find it in this limited quote to extrapolate that he either (A) ignored rules of engagement during his tour or that (B) he is advocating for similar tactics in the US.

    Saying “imagine our southern border, except for we were allowed to shoot ‘em.” is just a comparison meant, in this context, to give some understanding of what he was doing during his first tour, not a policy prescription.

    • Badgerite

      I think the “imagine” part is a bit of a policy prescription. Another words, this is the ‘effective’ way to deal with immigration. Just ‘imagine’ how effective it would be. Add to that the pictures that people like Rick Perry and Sean Hannity are always posting made up in military gear and with locked and loaded weaponry pointed toward the border and I think it does become a policy prescription in the minds of the people they are trying to influence, at least.

  • Is he saying Border Control agents should be allowed to serve as judge, jury, and executioner?
    That’s exactly what he’s saying.

  • muselet

    Is anyone else sick to the teeth of these Right-wing tough guys?


    • JMAshby

      I’m reminded of that DHS warning about veterans returning from war who may be radicalized and have the training to act on it. You know, the warning the GOP freaked out about.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Anyone who has to go out of their way to show off their toughness is not truly tough.

      It’s dangerous, and stupid. Like a bunch of testosterone addled teenagers working each other up into a frenzy with dares and bravado until one of them finally does something stupid.

      I feel like it’s a real systemic problem in our society, this toxic masculinity, and guys like Jackson are just a symptom.