Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen Steps Down After Racist and Sexist Writings Emerge

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post, November 23, 2014

The incoming speaker of the Nevada State Assembly told his colleagues Sunday morning that he will not be leading them in the new year, as he continues to face a firestorm of criticism over his history of bigoted remarks.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who was recently elected as the legislature’s next speaker, sent an early-morning email to his caucus announcing his intentions, according to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.

“Politics of personal destruction win. I need to step down,” Hansen wrote in the email. “I hope that you all know that the Ira that you have known through these years and weeks is the real Ira and not what the media is painting me to be.”


Hansen has had a column in The Sparks Tribune, a local Nevada newspaper, for 13 years. The Reno News and Review recently examined all of his columns–many of which were not online–and published a number of excerpts from his writings last week.

“The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to,” Hansen wrote in one column.

“Today, when Army men look at women in the ranks with ‘longing in their eyes’ it very well may constitute ’sexual harassment,'” he wrote in another. “The truth is, women do not belong in the Army or Navy or Marine Corps, except in certain limited fields.”

Hansen also wrote at one point that he proudly keeps a Confederate flag on the wall of the room where he writes his columns.


Hansen released a statement later on Sunday confirming that he was stepping down as speaker-elect, maintaining that he was the victim of “character assassination“:

For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee. The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record. Ultimately, this whole attack has very little to do with my views. The powers that be are planning a massive, more than one billion dollar, tax increase and I stood in the way as Speaker. I have already served two terms as an Assemblyman without any of these vicious attacks. It was only when I had risen to leadership that this smear campaign occurred. That is the real reason for this and it is vital the public understands that.

It’s unclear whether Hansen will also resign his seat in the assembly, in addition to giving up the speaker post.


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  • Bobbala

    They always say racist and sexist … never untrue.

    • JustJeff

      Never let the facts get I the way of a good story.

  • IstvanIN

    I don’t know what else he said or wrote but I agree with the two statements above.

    • Anna Tree

      I second. No bigotry there at all anyway. Why did he resign?
      It seems all those quotes come from articles. His opinion was no secret then. If all the White politicians with some racial honesty resign, who will be there to care a bit for the Whites, moreover to become a voice for us?!
      I think it is easier for a politician to be brave than for us civilians, they don’t lose their job unless they are voted out or resign, so better to stand their ground: they may be surprised by getting even more support from their constituency. Only then the concept of racial identity and racial solidarity for whites can begin. First a real white politician, then a white caucus, then a white party and then a white country. (one step at a time for Anony 😉

  • David Ashton

    Easy to say, but he should stand fast, defend what he has said with facts and reason, state that terms like “racist” and “sexist” have become meaningless words of abuse, and appeal to the popular constituency.

  • See The Future

    I agree with Hansen on two points noted. Blacks have been advantaged by white people and should be expressing gratitude to whites for being so benevolent and women do not belong in the military or police.

  • Glen

    Politics 101: We never promised you a rose garden!

  • alex

    My response when I or someone else accused in being a racist during online discussions:

    “The word “racist”” has no meaning to me. I don’t know how the politically correct expert’ define “racism”. Frankly, I don’t want to know.
    There is nothing wrong with mine or someone else’s post. Ergo, there is nothing wrong with being a racist.”

    It drives them mad.

    • Truthseeker

      That’s what I do too. The word “racist” is meant to be a weapon. They think as soon as they pull it out you’ll cower in fear and they’ll win the argument. If the word has no effect on you, they have no idea what to do next. It’s hilarious.

      • alex

        The bleating from mainstream conservatives are beyond pathetic:
        “We aren’t racists, we ended slavery Lincoln was a republican, democrats are racists, Klan members were democrats, hosanna to MLK, blah, blah, blah…

        • LHathaway

          Interesting the quotes were very short (they included no context). Very well this man may been making some kind of apology comment like you describe above. But the message being sent out about this case is being sent out loud and clear. I’m not sure the purpose of the message, but his firing is being well covered. Abraham Lincoln said some very unpleasant and unPC things in the midst of larger speeches or essays whose very purpose was to emancipate slaves.

    • Sick of it

      The Klan has been gone for years. In contrast, La Raza is growing and expanding across the country. Perhaps you should ask those people how they feel about living next to brown supremacists that hate white people.

      • Juggernaut3000

        LaRaza…funded to hate and despise Whites by your tax dollars.

        During 2010, La Raza also received $2.5 million in funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for reasons such as housing counseling. The Department of Education doled out $800,000, and the Center for Disease Control gave nearly a quarter of a million.

        How much federal funding went to support White organizations?

        • Xerxes22

          Almost all of these Black and Hispanic hate organizations get tax payer money. It’s a way of rewarding and also controlling them. If they don’t follow the orders of our overlords (the same people who own Obama) or they go rogue, their allowances will be cut off. We are financing the growth o these hate groups.

    • Anna Tree

      I tell them:
      Calling someone racist is how liberal leftists and useful idiots try to silence a different opinion. Calling me evil is a fallacy: you don’t even need to listen anymore, moreover refute my claims!

      Yesterday the dissidents were called heretics, today they are called racists, bigots, hom0phobes, sessists, islamophobes etc
      Of course it’s heresy, as making something heresy is the only way to get most people to keep denying an obvious truth:
      “Eppur si muove”. Here:
      And yet, races are evolutionary constructs.

      We have evolved differently because of thousands of years of separation, because of different climates, environment, adaptations, mutations and more importantly different hominin mates.
      There is no superior or inferior race. That is not how biology works. Before I found out, like you I never thought about that. But it is logic, animals, plants, every organism evolved differently, why wouldn’t humans too?

      I don’t believe one race is superior to another, but neither do I
      believe that we’re all identical creatures, nor do I believe that eons
      of isolated breeding gave rise to no significant genomic differences. We are suited to the environment in which we evolved. Environmental displacement often produces difficulties…

    • Absolutely nothing wrong with being racist. Everyone prefers their own race to others.

    • Jacobite2

      “Racism” is a term created in the mid-19th Century. There are a whole flock of them — heterosexual, capitalist, zenophobe, etc. that performed the quintessential Leftist aim, to re-define normal human behavior as bad, wrong, and insane.

  • Speedy Steve

    “The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in
    relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should
    own up to.”

    Absolutely disgraceful! He ended a sentence with a preposition.

  • Sick of it

    If anything, his writings were a bit low key. He could have said much more and been just as right.

  • dd121

    Who cares what he might have said about blacks? There aren’t enough of them in Nevada to be significantly offended.

  • Pathfinder75

    Another fake controversy generated by our totalitarian media.

    Assemblyman Hansen’s opinions are as sensible as they are grounded in an objective appraisal of everyday reality.He shouldn’t apologize (or feel guilty) for telling the truth.

  • HJ11

    I’m so tired of Whites who are so mentally weak that they punish themselves when haters in society cry racism. And, that’s what it is mostly, these weak seed Whites feel guilty and maybe sinful because they say something that the haters say is racist so they do what this guy did and dig a hole and crawl into it.

    This reminds me of the son of a well known German Nazi that I read about who said that he had undergone a vasectomy so he could kill off his family line because he felt so guilty about his father. Sicko.

    • Anna Tree

      If he thought that race realism or racism is genetic. Didn’t he think that maybe other things are too? Things that explains why Germany looks like it is and Liberia looks like it is?
      Although obviously he didn’t get the race realism genes or he wouldn’t do what he did… He actually maybe killed a progeny of liberal leftists!

  • WR_the_realist

    The $PLC makes its living with the politics of personal destruction. And so does much of the rest of the left. If they had to make their living doing something actually beneficial to the world they’d starve to death.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    It also appears that Huffpo bans every comment on the article that is positive about the guy.

    • David Ashton

      Huffpo is a propaganda organ, impure and simple.

  • Paul Franken

    The majority of congressmen/women should be wearing a noose asap. Both parties are nothing more than ‘queers for i$rael’.

    • David Ashton

      Ask them whether the Israeli government’s plans to make Israel formally a Jewish state for Jewish people is “racist” towards its Arab minority.

  • David Ashton

    1. “In [‘student’] radical usage, the right to dissent means the right…to prevent those who disagree with us from stating what they believe… ‘Dissent’, in short, in this usage denotes a set of approved left-wing views.” – John Searle, “The Campus War” (1972), p.193

    2. “I understood the infamous spiritual terror which this movement exerts, particularly on the bourgeoisie, which is neither morally nor mentally equal to such attacks; at any given sign it unleashes a veritable barrage of lies and slanders against whatever adversary seems most dangerous, until the nerves of the attacked persons break down.” – Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf” (1943 tr), p.472f

    3. “The phrasing must be calculated not to convince but to destroy…of such a kind as to provoke the worst notions, the worst suspicions about the adversary.” – Vladimir Lenin, “Works, Vol.XII” (1947 ed) p.382f

  • 4321realist

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

  • curri

    GOP again proven to be hopeless. People should think about implementing proportional representation at the local level so right-wing populist and identitarian alternatives to the GOP can enter the public mind.

  • Paleoconn

    We should help this man. Vdare helped Derb and Frank Borzellieri and some others who got railroaded by the PC gestapo.

  • This is just pathetic. That man has every right to his opinion and should never apologize for it. The fact that idiot, misguided whites are always pandering to political correctness is destroying civilization. We whites must stop reacting to being labeled racist. In fact there’s nothing wrong with being racist. Racism is an innate
    natural instinct for all human species. Everyone on the planet is racist—prefers their own race!