I don't think I made it clear in my post, but that wasn't new - it was the way he originally told the story, right after it happened, and I did post that quote when I recapped the first time. So we've heard it at least twice now, and I think even more - I've lost track, since I hear a lot of the same things over and over from Gary.
I think, in his mind, it's just an adorable line that endears him to all. He seems to feel that way about all of his racist spew about the Navajo people. He's joked unambiguously about them spreading Covid, never being on time, stealing (with the bit about not wanting to leave his trailer with them for fear of never getting his stuff back) and scalping, and has hinted at other bad habits.
And, horrifyingly, he sometimes gets laughs with that crap. I often wish we could see the congregations for some of this stuff, to see if everyone is on board, or if there are people sitting there with WTF?! on their faces.
Interestingly, while the Navajo folks he's met get their racist crap in the form of jokes, I think Gary differentiates with his other racism. As far as I can tell, in his mind, "Spanish people" (by which I know he means anyone who is from a Latino culture) and "Chahnese" (by which, I figure, he means all Asians) are OK but sort of puzzling. As long as they are "saved," keep cooking for him, and don't give him any guilt about what a racist shit he is, he's fine with them, but I don't think he sees them as people.
Black people are in a whole other category to him, I think - sort of scary, and way too demanding, with their expectation that their lives matter. It seems like something in his experience has managed to get through his thick skull that he shouldn't joke about them, at least not while preaching, the way he still does about indigenous people. That's the only thing about his attitude that actually surprises me - Gary strikes me as the type to have and use a whole repertoire of Stepin Fetchit stereotypes from decades ago.
Becky's posting the video of that horrifying William Grady sermon makes me think they both feel that European people were literally God's gift to the world.
But Gary claims anyone residing in the US is part of "his people," and he wants to bring us all to Jesus.
Bite me, Gary.