Good News! Rep. Chris Collins Isn’t Really a Racist Butthole

A fake news web site associated with the “hybrid news/satire platform” Newslo, posted a story recently stating that Rep. Chris Collins (R-New York) had compared Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), a hero of the civil rights movement who has suggested that Trump’s presidency may not be legitimate, to “a spoiled chimp that got too many bananas and rights“:

The story went viral and was picked up by Snopes.com that set the record straight:

None of these blatantly racist remarks were actually uttered by Collins, however. The majority of the Politicops article is a “satirical” (i.e., fabricated) spoof of statements Collins did make during a television interview in which he characterized Lewis as a “spoiled child” who was only “pouting” because Trump won the election:

What did Rep. Collins actually say?

“My opinion is, what John Lewis is doing, he’s pouting,” Collins said during the morning broadcast. “He lost. It’s like a spoiled child and we’ve seen it with the others. They can’t get over the fact that they lost. And what do spoiled little kids do? You know, they run around and throw a tantrum.
“That’s what we’re seeing,” he continued. “They are pouting. And frankly, it’s somewhat enjoyable to watch because it shows you again how upset they are, when they were so smug when they left Congress knowing that Hillary Clinton was going to win.
“We should all actually just kind of grin a little bit and understand that this is how hard this election hit them when Hillary lost,” he added.

Even though Rep. Collins is still a butthole, it’s comforting to know that he’s not a publicly racist one.