Bestselling "Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance used to be harshly critical of former President Donald Trump -- but that was before he gained political ambitions of his own and started begging Trump for his endorsement in the Ohio Senate race.
Vance on Monday ratcheted up his anti-immigrant rhetoric in an effort to win over Trump voters when he attacked Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) for welcoming refugees from Afghanistan to American shores.
"Here is my message to Ben Sasse and other establishment Republicans who seem to care more about bringing 30,000 unvetted Afghan refugees into our country than getting our own people out safely," Vance wrote on Twitter, and then shared a video in which he described Afghans coming to the United States as people who like "blowing themselves up in a mall because someone looked at their wife the wrong way."
Vance's latest bid to win over Trump voters with bigoted fear-mongering about refugees drew an instant backlash -- check out some responses below.
@JDVance1 You racist asshole. "blowing themselves up in a mall because someone looked at their wife the wrong way."… https://t.co/vfGbkKSRGd— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1629739284.0
J.D. Vance is a ham-and-cheese roll-up in human form https://t.co/cJx4To3UwC— ❌Nazi Punks Fuck Off❌ (@❌Nazi Punks Fuck Off❌) 1629739341.0
Vance says the Afghans we're helping include "a bunch of people who believe they should blow themselves up at a mal… https://t.co/kB1cZ8uZMT— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman) 1629739025.0
this is so funny, he can’t actually support Biden’s withdrawal because he is an “establishment Republican” on the d… https://t.co/JUGq1e9YIr— Adam H. Johnson (@Adam H. Johnson) 1629737909.0
it's so funny to gain all your fame as a messenger for beleaguered hillbillies and then use all that heat to morph… https://t.co/g8UnAbBxG3— Garbage Ape 🦧 (@Garbage Ape 🦧) 1629737664.0
this is the next level. it used to be that millionaire Yale graduates would all wear the same Carhartt jacket to lo… https://t.co/aTBDgyzJCV— cloud goblin (@cloud goblin) 1629737420.0
Going through my notes of old Vance interviews from 2016. Vance voted for Evan McMullin and one of his main critiqu… https://t.co/AHCf9EGbQG— andrew kaczynski (@andrew kaczynski) 1629737417.0
Mandel is going to release a video of him shooting a koran with a mask on it with a 12 gauge and rise another 20 po… https://t.co/BmvT5UK9ZY— Will 🦥 Menaker (@Will 🦥 Menaker) 1629736954.0
man has both the charm and the build of a funko pop https://t.co/klwsGrJOHd— Brandy Jensen (@Brandy Jensen) 1629736831.0
Think about how many liberals over the years foolishly praised and enabled this guy, seen here spewing trash Islamo… https://t.co/KZvkRzK5id— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1629736654.0
Absolute black hole of charisma. Can't wait for this loathsome dummy to get smoked in the primary https://t.co/aIYWKpSxDy— Reviewing every Where's Waldo book on Goodreads (@Reviewing every Where's Waldo book on Goodreads) 1629738284.0
Watching this juicless Yale Law nerd get tossed into a trashcan is going to be an utter delight. https://t.co/y1yTyVqeOl— Don Bellows (@Don Bellows) 1629737733.0