On Twitter recently, a Republican state legislative candidate in Virginia raised an interesting question.
“I’m curious, Do you think the sea level would lower if we just took all the boats out of the water? Just a thought, not a statement,” wrote Scott Pio, who is challenging Democratic Del. David Reid in Loudoun County.
Pio later removed his tweet, but not before the Democratic party Blue Virginia picked it up.
Blue Virginia mentioned some of Pio’s other beliefs in its post, including his adamant opposition to abortion in all instances and his opinion that guns should be unrestricted.
“The scary thing is, this guy’s not an outlier for today’s Republican Party – the party of Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Lauren Boebert, Bob Good, Ken Cuccinelli, Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, Jason Miyares, etc.,” Blue Virginia wrote. “Which means, of course, that we’d better not let these people take power, here in Virginia or nationally, unless/until their entire party fundamentally changes back to sanity and actual, conservative principles, not extremist lunacy.”
Pio is the coordinator of the “Trump International Rapid Response Team,” which mobilizes in favor of the former president when he golfs in Virginia, according to a tweet from last November.
I am the organizer for the Trump International Rapid Response Team. We Rapid Respond when Trump goes golfing in Virginia.
I have some FUN videos of Dems not obeying the rules, including supervisors on our county council seats, I want to share!
Can I get follows & retweets? pic.twitter.com/3JuaCdG9gJ
— Scott Pio, Delegate Candidate for VA (@spoiledtechie) November 26, 2020
Pio’s query about the consequences of eliminating all boats from the ocean was recently calculated by Randall Munroe, an engineer, and creator of the award-winning webcomic XKCD. The influence on sea levels, according to Munroe, would be “about six microns—slightly more than the diameter of a strand of spider silk.”
“But you don’t have to worry about that six-micron sea level drop,” Munroe wrote. “The oceans are currently rising at about 3.3 millimeters per year due to global warming (through both glacial melting and thermal expansion of seawater). At that rate (normalized for seasonal variation and short-term fluctuations), if you removed every ship from the ocean, the water would be back up to its original average level in 16 hours.”
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What else does this Pio believe? According to his website:
“I am pro-life at conception.” (Which means he’s against abortion in all cases, as well as embryonic stem cell research and certain types of contraception)
“As a father of two girls, I cannot fathom my daughter having to dress, shower, or change in front of a boy. ” (Translation: he’s virulently hostile to transgender kids)
“Critical Race Theory should disappear” (Which is bizarre; he wants an academic theory that is not taught in Virginia public schools to “disappear?” Alrighty…)
He appears to believe that there should be no restrictions on guns.
He wants to get rid of the state income tax and replace it with “a consumption tax that will only tax purchases” (That would be massively regressive, as a consumption tax disproportionately hits low-income people, while a progressive income tax is far, FAR fairer)
He also wants to completely remove the car tax, which combined with ditching the income tax, would largely defund the Virginia government – including police, education, etc. – given that Virginia “tax revenues include $31.5 billion from individual income taxes and $5.9 billion from motor vehicle and highway taxes.”
The frightening part is that this individual is not an exception in today’s Republican Party, which includes Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Lauren Boebert, Bob Good, Ken Cuccinelli, Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, Jason Miyares, and others. That means we shouldn’t allow these people to gain power in Virginia or nationally until their entire party fundamentally swings back to normalcy and actual conservative ideas, rather than fanatical lunacy.