The News & Observer: “Crude Dan Bishop Seeks the NC Office for Which He Is Least Qualified”

August 10, 2023

Washington, DC — It’s clear that far-right MAGA extremist Dan Bishop is the wrong choice for the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. This week, The News & Observer’s Ned Barnett outlined Bishop’s extremism and failures to deliver for North Carolina, writing, “Bishop is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. Extremism is their thing. It accomplishes nothing but obstruction. But it does get attention, and that’s the whole point.” 

Barnett highlighted just how unfit Dan Bishop is to be Attorney General:

“‘But what made a lasting impression on me was how Bishop closed his email: ‘Of course you know that. But you used the quote as you did. Because you are a lying sack of …. And everybody knows it, and nobody cares what you say. Enjoy oblivion, Sen. Dan Bishop.’”

“Apart from the merits of Bishop’s point, I was struck by the coarseness of his temperament. Why revert to crude name-calling in a written response to someone who criticized him? Why? Because that’s Dan Bishop. He’s not bound by civility. He doesn’t even protect his own image. He goes directly from annoyed to nasty.”

 “Bishop’s behavior in a 2022 hearing on abortion access was typical. He repeatedly asked successive witnesses, apropos of nothing, ‘What’s a woman?’ He talked over them and badgered them. It was a form of mocking people who wanted to respect and acknowledge transgender people. For that bit of theater, Bishop got his two minutes on Fox News.”

“That taunting came from the man who, as a state senator, sponsored House Bill 2, the so-called Bathroom Bill. It led to boycotts of North Carolina and cast the state as codifying prejudice against transgender people.”

“Of course, Bishop’s extremism isn’t limited to exploiting gender issues. Despite the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, he backed election deniers by voting against the certification of the 2020 presidential election. He supports conspiracy theories about the weaponization of the U.S. Justice Department. He wants to cut off U.S. aid to Ukraine.”

“The Club for Growth, the billionaire-funded conservative group that backs any candidate who favors tax cuts for rich people and corporations, says it will spend millions of dollars to make Bishop attorney general, a common stepping stone to governor.”

“In the state’s politics, there is no one less qualified to serve as an objective minister of justice.”


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