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Son of US Senator under fire for posting racist and homophobic tweets

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  1. That There Other David 14 Jun 2013, 1:56pm

    Hilarious when you think about it. He’ll beat a “faggot” up for stealing his bike whilst he was in church!!!

    Let me think, what would Jesus do? ;-)

    At least this is one offspring of a Washington insider who is unlikely to benefit from the usual nepotism. Unless Congress needs someone to empty the wastebaskets in 10 years time I don’t think they’ll be a job going for young Tanner.

    1. On t'other hand 14 Jun 2013, 3:17pm

      Jesus didn’t have a bike or attend church. But Tanner certainly missed the whole turn the other cheek theme.

    2. I’m not so sure – I think his language will comment him strongly to many of the Tea Party faithful, who share his prejudices. Look at the recent twitter response to a young Mexican-American boy who sang the US anthem at a baseball game in San Antonio.

      There’s every chance he could follow his father into Congress. His mistake is in being so obvious about it – but he is only fifteen.

  2. Godric Godricson 14 Jun 2013, 1:59pm

    Kids learn this stuff from their parents and so we have to blame Senator Jeff Flake for this sort of language. You can’t have all the benefits of “traditional marriage” and absolve yourself of the responsibilities

    1. He may have heard it from his classmates and friends too really.

      This sort of language is not unusual among teenagers, and he’d just had his bike stolen so he was unusually upset.

      I think his post was immature but not out of line from what I’d expect from an upset 15-year-old.

  3. The apple does not fall far from the tree. I am quite certain this teenage boy is only parroting what he has heard from his father.

  4. Christopher in Canada 14 Jun 2013, 2:50pm

    Sounds flaky to me…

  5. Scott Larsen 14 Jun 2013, 2:59pm

    Used to be an ad in the ’60’s about a young son doing everything his dad did like smoking. In this case, like father like son?

  6. Flake by name, flake by nature, it seems.

    1. That There Other David 14 Jun 2013, 5:13pm

      Apparently his other children Cadburys and Ninetynine are as good as gold…

  7. How VERY appropriately named!!!

    Speaks volumes for the parents’ parenting skills!!!

  8. Well senator, children learn those beliefs/values at home, so we can only assume he got them from you and your wife.

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