Claims to fame: U.S. Senator; anti-gay, segregationist paleocon; adulterer; philanderer
Moral apex: No one moment stands out; too many to count. Nickname says all.
Nickname: The Sperminator.
Fun factoid: Long rumored to have fathered a child out of wedlock. A black child — which wouldn’t make a bit of difference, were Thurmond not a segregationist.
Fun fact: The rumor was true. Her name is Essie Mae Washington, who, at age 78, came out of the closet only after Thurmond died in 2003, explaining: “I was sensitive about his well-being, his career and his family. I never wanted to do anything to harm him. But my children deserved to know where they came from.”
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Thurmond:
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
— Psalm 5:9