A right-wing racist doubling as a Michigan radio host decided last week to throw his hat in the ring for a state Senate seat—and get this: He’s running as a Democrat. Mind you, just last month he was trying to make a case that TV commercials should only feature white families. According to The Detroit News, Randy Bishop, who also goes by "Trucker Randy," said during his podcast episode on March 31 that the media was trying to destroy the "nuclear family," with every commercial showing a "biracial mom and dad."
"Can't even watch a college basketball tournament without commercials telling me I have to feel guilty because I think a family should be a White mom, a White dad and White kids," Bishop said. "They want us to die and go away. And they're going to try to do it through politics this year. Well, we have got to be just as smart."
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He went on to claim that Black people wield too much power in American society. “Why are we allowing such a small percentage of our population to control our society,” he asked. “Because they own the media. Because they own the politicians. Because they own the public schools.”
It’s a claim so ridiculous it’s not even worth dignifying with a rebuttal, and the Michigan Democratic Party made no such attempt. Instead, it distanced itself from Bishop with a statement posted on Facebook:
Views such as the ones Trucker Randy Bishop espouses have no place in the Democratic Party. Candidates who say or believe these things are not welcome. Randy Bishop is not a Democrat, he is a dishonest minor social media personality that enjoys getting attention from making outrageous statements. He shows nothing but disrespect to our system of government by using a run for elected office to promote his personal agenda, entirely based on lies, hate and fear.
Disgusting racist belief systems are not welcome in the Democratic Party and frankly should not be welcome in any political party or community. We will not support his efforts to run for Senate and find it deeply insulting that he would dare to put a D next to his name.
Bishop is running for a seat in the state's 37th Senate district, a position currently occupied by Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt, but he announced in January that he is instead running to fill a newly created seat on the Grand Traverse County Commission, WWTV reported.
Bishop is up against Democrats Barbara Conley and Jim Schmidt on the August primary ballot. Conley, an oncologist, had this to say about Bishop in a Facebook post on Friday:
As you know, I have two other candidates for the primary Aug 2. One of them is "Trucker Randy" Bishop, who runs a conservative radio talk show. While I don't know him, he doesn't seem to actually be a democrat.
He was the former chair of the Antrim Republican Party and promotes the BIG LIE and is a supporter of Garrett Soldano!
He has been convicted of felonies downstate, and runs a "conservative" radio show touting RIGHT WING ideas. He lost his facebook account for violating community standards in 2020 (see https://radio.wcmu.org/tags/randy-bishop
Here is what Randy said at a gun rights and militia rally in 2020 in Lansing as reported by Michigan Radio: https://www.michiganradio.org/.../anti-police-brutality...
: “Trucker Randy” Bishop, who has ties to the Republican Party in Michigan and two felony convictions, urged people to vote against Democrats in upcoming elections. “We have got to stop them, folks,” Bishop said. “If they get back the majority in the (Michigan) House this November … Then God help us, you know what we’ll be relying on? The Republicans and Mike Shirkey in the Senate to stop it. The same one that’s placating to Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer over the China virus (novel coronavirus)."
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