House Republicans Retaliate After Democrat Refuses To Name Building For Racist Homophobe Jesse Helms

Democratic US House Rep. G.K. Butterfield wants to rename a Durham post office after his late mentor, black civil rights activist John Hervey Wheeler. But according to Butterfield, two US House Republicans from his state are holding up what would normally be a routine issue because he refused to sign their bill to rename another federal building after notorious racist and homophobe Jesse Helms.

The Durham Herald-Sun reports:

U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., won’t allow Butterfield to easily honor Wheeler, Butterfield said, because, he refused to sign a bill to name a different federal building in North Carolina after longtime U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. Pittenger deferred comment to Holding, his spokesman Stephen Billy said, because “the building of interest,” proposed to honor Helms, “is in Congressman Holding’s district and that should be his choice.”

Efforts to reach Holding were unsuccessful. Helms was an outspoken, often polarizing, senator representing North Carolina from 1973 to 2003. “Senator Jesse Helms was repugnant,” Butterfield said. “He demonstrated racist behavior and imposed on North Carolina an image that we have yet to recover from.” When Butterfield was asked what the chances are of his ever signing onto a bill to name a building after Helms, he replied, “Less than zero.”

Nine years ago on the day that Helms died, I posted a few of his most memorable quotes:

– On threatening the life of a sitting president: “Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard.”

– On gays and AIDS: “It’s their deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct that is responsible for the disease”

– On equality: “I’ve been portrayed as a caveman by some. That’s not true. I’m a conservative progressive, and that means I think all men are equal, be they slants, beaners, or niggers.”

– On education: “Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade-school classes that teach our children that cannibalism, wife-swapping and murder of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.”

– On civil rights: “The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that’s thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men’s rights.”

– On journalists: “The New York Times and Washington Post are both infested with homosexuals themselves. Just about every person down there is a homosexual or lesbian.”

– On the Duke University students upset by Martin Luther King’s assassination: “They should ask their parents if it would be all right for their son or daughter to marry a Negro.”

  • frogview

    “Look At The Picture.”

  • ben-andy

    A loathsome man continues to spread loathsomeness after 14 years dead and really a corpse for 20..

  • Boreal

    Helms was a fucking pig. He’s dead. I’m glad. I wish he had died a painful horrible death.

    • Craig Howell

      And much, much sooner than 2008.

  • William

    Isn’t there a landfill or sewage treatment plant they could name after Senator Helms?

    • shellback

      I think he’s in one.

    • kelven

      We were -this- close to naming a sewage treatment plant after George W. Bush in San Francisco a few years back. I don’t remember what the vote was, but it was a minor disappointment that it didn’t pass. 😛

      • Joseph Miceli

        Did you ever think the Rethuglitards would find someone worse?

        • kelven

          I’ll answer that by saying I think there will be a few municipalities voting to rename their sewage treatment plants after dear leader when all of this is resolved.

    • Pat
  • peacfulseas inWA

    Time to step away from the insanity for a bit. Heading out to work in the garden along with a very stiff pitcher of bloody marys

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I wish there was a hell, if only to enjoy the knowledge that Helms, Breitbart and others were suffering in eternal torment. Alas, there’s no such place, so I must be content in knowing that they’re dead, buried and, at this point, completely unrecognizable.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Octavio

      If we’re lucky. he’s still dead.

      • Joe in PA
        • Octavio

          Yer skeerin’ me, man!

          • Mark

            We’ve missed you!!!!

          • Octavio

            Why, thank you. 😀

          • TheManicMechanic

            Great seeing ya again!

        • jimbo65

          Boy I can see how any woman couldn’t resist his charms and want a piece of that.

          • Mike in NC

            “Lord have mercy, Jesse, I’m not believin’ this!”
            -Dorothy Helms, after Jesse showed her Mapplethorpe’s X portfolio.

      • kaydenpat

        He is but his spirit is alive and well in Trump and other bigots. Sadly.

        • Octavio

          Sadly, true.

    • Sam_Handwich

      ha! he died on July 4?

      • JoeMyGod

        From my 2008 post: “Happy Independence Day!”

    • Hank

      Thank You, Joe for re-posting Helms’ most “notable” quotes!! A lot of people, may not have been exposed to that Racist Homophobe!!!

      • FAEN

        He was my Senator for too fucking long.

        • Ninja0980

          Which says more about the voters then anything else.

          • FAEN

            Yep-NC is more purple now but back in the 90’s it was still very much Helms country.

          • Ninja0980

            In parts it still is but it’s changing, hence the GOP voter suppression and gerrymandering.

          • FAEN

            You are correct. NC is the perfect example of why Dems should vote in local elections not just national ones. They lost the majority in the legislature in 2010 and it’s been down hill from there.

          • Ninja0980

            Democrats have never cared about local elections, and that bit them and Obama (and us) in the butt.

          • FAEN

            They need to start fucking caring.

          • Ninja0980

            The Berniebots also need to get over the fact not all Democrats are going to worship St. Bernie and realize they’ll still be better then a Republican.

          • FAEN

            I had a friend from NJ who’s mother was first generation Italian and father and grandparents, refugees from Cuba. She was also very pro gay which is why her love for Helms always bothered and bewildered me. It made no sense that she would connect with this racist, xenophobic, homophobic POS but she did. We eventually drifted away from each other partly because I felt like I was sleeping-figuratively-with the enemy.
            How could I keep being friends with this person who loved to dance in gay clubs, love gay culture and simultaneously support a loathsome man like Helms who wanted us all dead.

          • Ninja0980

            I’ve had “friends” like that and so did my neighbor (black woman married to a white man.)
            You might support one minority group but be racist against the rest which I suspect was the case for your friend (as it was with mine.)
            Suffice to say, “friends” like that, we are better off without.

      • kaydenpat

        I had never seen most of those quotes before. He was worse than I thought.

        • Hank

          Keep in mind, that this are just a pittance of what that Dixiecrat, actually said!!! His life as a Southerner had more heretical beliefs!

    • zhera

      McConnell looks a bit like him.

      • The_Wretched

        Southern US white turtles. Known for their longevity, tightly sealed minds and focus on funneling dollars to the wealthy while stripping everything they can from the poor, pigmented or progressive.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      Most sincerely dead

    • kaydenpat

      He should have lived to see a Black man in the White House so he could die in a rage.

    • JCF

      Three Cheers for the Fourth of July!!!

      Damn: July 4, 2008. IF ONLY ol’ cracker Jesse had lived about 4 more months!

  • Joe in PA

    I lived in Jesse’s neighborhood when ActUp put the giant condom on his house. Ah, good times. Not really, but that sure felt good.

    • FAEN

      I had heard about that and then read about it in Sean Strubb’s ‘Body Counts’. What an amazing read.

      • Joe in PA

        I’m not familiar with that book…I’ll look for it, thanks. Is it difficult to read if you lived it?

        • FAEN

          I gave it to a friend of mine who did and while he was saddened it also brought back a lot of good memories since a decent amount of the book is set in DC where my pal lived and still does.

          It’s a really beautiful book…I recommend giving it a go.

    • zhera
  • PickyPecker
    • Tomcat

      Hope you stopped to take a piss for all of us.

      • John

        I think a huge dump would be so much more appropriate, but I’ll settle for anything that degrades him and his grave.

        • JCF

          Yeah, make him a little brown.

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        • Kruhn

          I’d piss on it.

        • If I still lived in NC, I’d want nothing more than to do that. I couldn’t stand the (expletive).

    • Goodboy
  • ohbear1957

    O/T – Paul Ryan tweeted this slick video supporting construction of the wall

    His Democratic challenger Army Veteran Randy Bryce tweeted the following response .”@SpeakerRyan can just ask me what it’s like to get behind an M60 while defending our country in a chopper. I did it for real – not photo op”

    12:27 PM – 1 Aug 2017

    • Buford

      He looks just about as comfortable on a horse as he does doing dishes.

      • Todd20036

        How do you think the horse feels?

      • kaydenpat

        Or “working out”.

    • FAEN


    • FAEN

      Howdy Doody in mom jeans. Oy!

    • Karl Dubhe

      There’s only one reply; how far things have sunk…

      • Bluto

        That sob’s finest moment. Well, pretty much only moment.

        • Karl Dubhe

          I’m disgusted that I posted it. How dare they make me say something ‘good’ about that man?

  • zhera

    Really? Congress waste time on things like this?

    And gosh, that Jesse Helms sounds like such a nice guy! Like, fluffy and cuddly and stuff!

    • The_Wretched

      Helms was the original zombie Senator. He ‘voted’ from a hospital gurney they wheeled on to the floor as needed*.

      *ok, not really but very nearly so.

      Bob Dole once got Bob Dole in politicial trouble for being a little too pro-Helms.

      • Hal Witherspoon

        That description of a zombie senator was probably more true concerning Strom Thurmond.

        • The_Wretched

          I may have my southern white back turtles confused.

  • The_Wretched

    “cannibalism, wife-swapping and murder of infants”

    Which of these things is not like the other? Which of these only kinda the same?

    • Philly Mike

      Isn’t that curriculum of every religious school in the world?

      • The_Wretched

        OT is full of such stories yes.

  • FAEN

    Republicans are supporting a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist? I’m shocked 😂😂😂.

    • Hank

      AND denying the celebration of a Black Civil Rights Leader!!!

      • ByronK

        That’s the cherry on top of their vanilla sundae!

        • Karl Dubhe

          That might be too ‘red’ for their ‘tastes’. It might give them heartburn, or something.

          • ByronK

            “Damned commie fruit!”

  • billbear1961
  • DisqusD37

    May Helms be eating excrement in hell.

  • stevenj

    Another Republican pig in a long line of Republican pigs.
    No offense to 4 legged pigs.

  • Adam Stevens

    If only there WAS a hell for this man to burn in…

  • Hue-Man

    I must live in a backward country – we’re getting rid of public acknowledgements of racists and xenophobes!

    The statue of 18th century British military officer Edward Cornwallis, placed in downtown Halifax almost 90 years ago, has vexed Mi’kmaq people for decades. Calls for its removal go back at least to the 1990s. Is there any wonder why? In 1749, Cornwallis issued a proclamation that offered cash for Mi’kmaq scalps.
    Caption: A municipal employee covers the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis (Chris Donovan/Reuters)

    • Karl Dubhe

      If only there was a way to scalp his statue, before it gets relocated to a museum.

  • kelven

    My fondest memory of Jessie Helms is the spontaneous street celebration of his passing in the Castro, dancing with hundreds of others to “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead”. The only time he made me smile.

  • William

    I must have been out sick the day cannibalism and wife-swapping were taught at school.

    • E.J.

      Must have been bible study….

  • AJ Drew

    Oh, he was quick with horrible quotes, all right.

    It was Jesse Helms who opposed the creation of the North Carolina Zoo by suggesting they just put a fence around Chapel Hill and referred to UNC as the “University of Negroes and Communists”.

    • kaydenpat

      Wow. And Rethugs want to honor him? Wow.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    “Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade-school classes that teach our children that cannibalism, wife-swapping and murder of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.”

    That’s simply not true! They don’t teach bible studies in public schools anymore.

    • The_Wretched

      See down thread ;p . Yep, seems like he had his secular and bible schools mixed up.

  • bambinoitaliano

    GOP has never been about the people or for the people. Their sole purpose is to obstruct and anti-Americans. They have no place in the government of any democratic countries let alone the US.

    • canoebum

      They liked the Founder’s original plan; only white, land-holding men could vote. They’d bring that back tomorrow if they figure out how to do it.

  • djcoastermark

    It’s to bad he didn’t stick around long enough to see marriage equality. He’s only been gone since 2008? It seems like it was ages ago.

    • kaydenpat

      Or to see the first “negro” president. That surely would have killed him.

      • Hal Witherspoon

        He died right after Obama won the democratic nomination.That must have been enough. Thanks Obama.

  • abqdan

    An entirely ridiculous story. We have FAR more stuff to worry about. They should all cut out the frivolous proclamations, building naming, and other childish behaviors, and get on with governing the goddamn country!

    • kareemachan

      If you’re good at what you do, you can do both.

      Just sayin’….

  • narutomania

    When I hear words like “vile” and “hateful”, or “bilious” and “noxious”, my thoughts immediate conjure up this former human.

    He is among the vilest of the vile. Filling to capacity with so much hate that it spilled out of him and into every aspect of his politics.

  • Dazzer

    During the Falklands War, Helms argued vociferously that the US should support Argentina against the UK.

    At the time, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were best buddies in the entire world, so the US ambassador in the UK was dancing as fast as he could to distance the official American position from Jesse Helms – and leaking as much crap as he could to the British press about how vile Helms was.

    And it was all done with Reagan’s enthusiastic permission.

    • BobSF_94117

      What was Helms’ reason? Kickbacks from Argentina? Close relations with former Nazis living there? What?

  • I didn’t even know the Klan was building a new headquarters!

  • CottonBlimp

    Helms was an outspoken, often polarizing, senator representing North Carolina from 1973 to 2003.

    Do you see how the media aids these shitheads? They make it sound like the Democrat is just being a whiney partisan complaining about some “outspoken” conservative.

    He was a fucking racist, white supremacist. How hard is that to say? He shouldn’t have shit named after him because he was human garbage.

    • kaydenpat

      So true. The MSM must think we don’t know the truth about Helms. Many of us grew up hearing about (or experiencing) his bigotry first hand. He was an awful person — not just polarizing.

    • j.martindale

      Homophobe–for chrissake, never forget that. He basically treated us like shit. The worst man god ever shat on earth.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Thanks for reminding me of someone in whose honour I flush the toilet.

    It really shouldn’t be up to the politicians to directly name buildings anyhow. The civil service should tell them what they’re going to name the building. Ok, maybe they should be allowed to turn the choice down. 🙂

  • DaveMiller135

    There’re gonna be a lot of unnamed buildings at this rate, were it up to me. I wouldn’t let either side name a shit-stained bag of pus after Jesse Helms, though I can see why you’d think it would be alright.

  • MBear

    “He demonstrated racist behavior and imposed on North Carolina an image that we have yet to recover from.”


    All Helms’ fault.

    • kareemachan

      He didn’t help none.

      Just sayin’….

  • pj


  • kaydenpat

    A true Republican if ever there was one. He’d love the hell out of Trump!

  • Ninja0980

    He’d have been Trump’s biggest supporter if he was still alive.

  • JT

    If there were a hell, Helms would be burning for eternity in it.

  • motordog

    In my deepest depressions, I just remind myself that Jesse Helms is dead…and I always feel a bit better. Sad but true.

  • j.martindale

    Oh, fucking hell, Joe. I am going to have to go to the doctor tomorrow. I live in North Carolina and hoped I had heard the last of that bastard a few years ago. Now my blood pressure is through the roof. I look forward to seeing someone burn any federal building to the ground that has his name attached. Son of a bitch.

  • Rocco

    Typical GOP assholes…

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “You needed that post office, but they named it after a black guy…”

  • BobSF_94117

    We should just go back to the proper tradition of waiting at least 25 years after someone’s death to name a building after them. Exceptions for victims of assassination.

  • j.martindale

    I am in Holding’s district and wrote him and told him how offended I would be by the naming of a federal building after a POS. I doubt it will help, but we have been redistricted after the rethugs gerrymandered this into a district that would assure them of a Rethug congressman. Repugs just want to rub salt in the wounds. I hope they all go to hell.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Most of those injustices could have been avoided had Democrats in North Carolina bothered to vote back in 2010.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Don’t they have more important things to do than name buildings?

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    If there was a hell, here are some people who would be in it for bringing real harm to LGBTQ people:

    Jesse Helms
    Ronald Reagan
    Jerry Falwell
    Anton Scalia
    James Dobson
    Franklin Graham
    Michelle Bachman
    Rick Santorum
    Scott Lively
    Tony Perkins

  • PattyM

    That guy did the world a great service by dying.