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reckless rhetoric is going to get someone killed. is that the Republican plan?
right-wing pols are telling their followers that violence is now the only way forward — and their followers are listening
last Saturday, in Iowa, confoundingly-unindicted sex pest Matt Gaetz blatantly called for political violence:
“only through force do we make any change.”
holy shit, what?
an elected member of government, calling for violence against his own government.
not one Republican stood up to denounce Gaetz’s reckless rhetoric. the story barely made a ripple in the media and was quickly swept under the rug and buried.
last week, some deranged fuckface with a history of unhinged social media posts made a number of assassination threats against Joe Biden and other Democratic politicians, dared the FBI to knock on his door, and when the they did, he came at them with guns drawn, and ended up a bullet-ridden corpse.
predictably, he’s now a right-wing martyr.
yesterday, the names and addresses of the members of the Atlanta Grand Jury that indicted Donald Trump were published by some far-right jackasses.
these jurors, guilty only of doing their civic duty, now have targets on their backs.
last night, police in Alvin, Texas arrested a woman for making death threats against Judge Tanya Chutkan.
charming. just utterly fucking charming.
folks, we have a little bit of a problem here in these United States.
right-wing pols are telling their dipshit followers that violence is now the only way forward — and their dipshit followers are listening.
the problem, as Chauncey DeVega writes in Salon, is that there is literally no downside to politicians calling for violence.
Republicans are finding it increasingly harder to win elections. their candidates are loathsome. their policies are unpopular. old reliable strategies are such as gerrymandering and voter supression are becoming more difficult to pull off as Democrats become wise to these tricks.
and so, to hold onto power, right wingers are increasingly calling for violence.
it’s textbook fascism.
Fascism rejects assertions that violence is inherently bad and views political violence as means to national rejuvenation.
Donald Trump may be under Judge Chutkan’s protective order keeping him (maybe) from any more I’LL COME AFTER YOU pronouncements, but what do you do about Matt Gaetz? what do you do about Andy Biggs? what do you do about Kari Lake? what do you do about Clay Higgins?
the list goes on.
and it only takes one fucking idiot with a rifle, a grievance, and a perverted sense of justice to cause a tragedy.
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