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“WOKE” JOKE: GOP Rep announces new “Anti-Woke Caucus”

“WOKE” JOKE: GOP Rep announces new “Anti-Woke Caucus”

Verbal smoke screening isn’t new to politics in any way, but the 2023 version of the Republican Party has really leaned into embracing gaslighting and projection language as their deplorably daft default setting.

The MAGA Wannabe Mafia has thoroughly weakened what was once the Grand Old Party by dumbing it down to the point of pure willful obtuseness.

They don’t have to make sense, they just have to make sure no one ever finds out the truth they’re hiding or — *GASP* — thinks for themselves.

Example: Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN by way of Hitler Youth Camp) went on Fox & Friends Weekend (is their slogan “Because Hate Never Takes a Day Off”?) on Sunday and announced the formation of a new House “Anti-Woke Caucus” because “wokeness is weakness,” he said.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., listens during a news conference in front of the Capitol on July 27, 2021.
Live shot of Jim Banks thinking about which Black person he hates the most

BRB once I catch my breath from laugh-coughing over that and my eyes reset from rolling them so hard.

Okay, so one of my favorite things is watching a MAGAt try to use a word they don’t understand and the word salad they prepare as an accompaniment.

Best example: Marjorie Taylor Greene and her peachtree dishes full of gazpacho.

But of all the words they don’t understand, the white “Christian” racists really can’t comprehend the new meaning of the word “woke.”

Let’s check so no one thinks I’m making up my own description:


1. a simple past tense of wake.

2. having or being marked by an active awareness of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those involving the treatment of ethnic, racial, or sexual minorities
The GOP knows this, natch, but pretends they don’t know this, and they stay with the more disparaging use of “woke”:
Of or relating to liberal progressive orthodoxy, especially promoting inclusive policies or ideologies that welcome or embrace ethnic, racial, or sexual minorities.

So here’s Jim BanKKKs with a straight face explaining the formation of his new caucus.

Who’s carefully teaching whom to hate, Jimbo?

The GOP wants to make sure little white kids never think for themselves and end up questioning authority and all they’ve been taught by their elders to love Jeebus while never actually following any of what the Bible teaches them.

Stay woke y’all! For reals.

Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

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Tara Dublin
Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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