A Republican House candidate who believes autism and dementia were put on the earth by God as punishment for gay marriage and abortion won her primary race yesterday. You never cease to amaze, America.
The candidate with these, let’s say peculiar, views is Susanne Atanus. After winning her primary race against fellow Republican David Earl Williams III, Atanus will run against incumbent Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) to represent Illinois 9th Congressional district.
When Atanus runs against Schakowsky, these are the views she will bring with her:
“I’m a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” she said. “We’ve had an increase in diseases, we have floods, we have droughts, we have plagues. We’d never heard the term arctic vortex 16 years ago. We never would have heard of autism. We never would have heard about dementia. Or Macular degeneration….the weather is terrible. 24 tornadoes in one day.
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“God is angry,” she continued. “We are provoking him. We are provoking him with abortions. We are provoking him with same-sex marriage. Gay rights. Civil unions.”
Atanus’ primary victory over Williams is a sad day for the Illinois GOP, which urged Atanus to drop out of the race after her views came to light.
“Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately,” state GOP chairman Jack Dorgan said in January. “Atanus is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time.”