State Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) went viral this spring as the recipient of a meteoric strikeout from fellow Rep. Ian Mackey (D-St. Louis County). The Missouri House was debating an amendment to an election bill that would prevent transgender women from playing on all-female teams.
Mackey told Basye that he was “afraid of people like you growing up. I grew up in Hickory County, Missouri. I grew up in a school district that would vote tomorrow to implement this. The impassioned speech went viral on TikTok and Twitter. Rather than take his tongue like a man, Basye tried to save face by releasing a statement calling Mackey a “big-mouthed whiner.” On Facebook, he wrote: “I think Ian is a man, but I will have to check some pronouns before I can certify!
When a Kansas City resident asked Basye about his homophobic language, the state representative doubled down. Basye phoned the resident and continued to say stupid nonsense about transgender people. “I don’t understand [transgender] people at all. Isn’t it great that they can live in America and do this stuff? Or if they were in Iran, North Korea or Russia, they would be slaughtered.
But we may have heard the latest from Basye, who is stepping down over term limits after eight years in the House. Even without a term limit, the former air traffic controller, who has already introduced a bill to make left turns on red lights legal, would face an uphill battle in his district, which has been redesigned to be more friendly to people. democrats. Good for Missouri, we say. —Rosalind Early