Unless you live in Arizona, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Blake Masters, who is trying to become the Republican nominee so he can face incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D) in November.
But something Masters recently said on a podcast has him trending on social media because he thinks the majority of gun violence in the United States can be blamed on “black people.”
The Daily Beast reports:
“It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly,” Masters clarified. “And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
Masters, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has also voiced support for the controversial “great replacement” conspiracy theory which asserts that Democrats are trying to replace people born in the United States with foreigners who will be more likely to support the Democratic political agenda.
And Masters wasn’t finished spreading blatantly racist drivel on the podcast:
After pinning gun violence on gangs and Black people—and saying, falsely, that Democratic administrations “don’t want to do anything” about gang shootings—the Stanford-educated libertarian went on to complain to Oravits that gun control efforts target “law-abiding people like you and me.”
“When they ban ‘ghost guns’ and pistol braces, that’s all about disarming law-abiding people, like you and me, that’s what it’s about,” Masters said, referencing government efforts to crack down on the surge in privately made, untraceable firearms. “They care that we can’t have guns to defend ourselves.”
There was also this conspiracy theory that Masters floated in the hopes of attracting the most far right voters possible in the Grand Canyon State, which holds its primary on August 22:
Democrats “don’t like the Second Amendment,” he said, because “it frankly blocks a lot of their plans for us”—an unhinged, fact-free statement that liberal officials have cooked up a plot to physically force conservatives to comply with some unarticulated maleficent regime, but have been bayed by fears that a constitutionally endowed populace will shoot them if they try.
If Masters does manage to win the GOP nomination, he’s likely to face a tough fight against Kelly, who is far ahead in the latest polls, according to Newsweek:
Kelly performs best against Brnovich, with a lead of 17 points. The incumbent senator has the support of 50 percent of likely voters while Arizona’s attorney general is backed by just 33 percent. The results are about the same when Kelly is pitted against Masters, with an identical lead of 17 points. However, the Democrat is only backed by 49 percent of likely voters in that matchup compared to the Trump-backed candidate’s 32 percent.
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