When Virginia Governor Ralph Northam found himself embroiled in a scandal when a college photo surfaced showing him in blackface (or possibly Klan robes), what did he do? He went after guns. Well, he went after them harder than he already had.
It didn’t work out for him in terms of getting gun control laws passed, but he’s still in office.
Now, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself in a blackface scandal of his own. In fact, it turns out that Prime Minister Stepin Fetchit had a real thing for putting on the shoe polish. In fact, he’s done it so often that he simply can’t remember them all.
What’s an already unpopular PM to do when he finds himself in deep trouble heading into national elections?
Go after the guns, of course.
Trudeau has announced that if his party wins in the upcoming elections, he plans to ban assault rifles in the Great White North. He’s also promising to give the provinces incentives to ban handguns, too.
“Thoughts and prayers aren’t going to cut it,” Trudeau said in Toronto’s Greektown, the site of a shooting last year that left two people dead and 13 injured. “We know you do not need a military-grade assault weapon, one designed to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time, to take down a deer.”
Sound familiar? Trudeau’s announcement succeeded…in diverting at least some of the unwanted press attention that was focused on his blackface proclivities.
If Northam’s experience is any indication, Trudeau might survive the scandal. It seems that blatantly racist behavior by some people can be forgiven…if their politics are of the approved variety.
Then again, Northam is term-limited and hasn’t had to face the voters since his uncomfortable past was revealed. Canada’s voters get to express their opinion on October 21.