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It was quite a weekend for Republicans threatening political violence. First there was last Saturday’s Freedom Rally sponsored by Texans for Freedom and Liberty, headlined by Sen. Ted Cruz and featuring this warm-up act by Fox News regular and former National Review Online writer Bill Whittle:
You will see a lot of cars coming west heading east on Interstate 10, and they’re going to have California license plates on them. Now, if you see these cars pull into rest areas or hotels or restaurants, that’s fine; wave goodbye, make sure they go out on the Louisiana end.
But if you see them pull off into residential areas, you need to open fire on these vehicles immediately. Immediately. Not with 9mm or AR rounds; you need to put mortars on those things, you cannot take any chances.
Because nothing says “freedom and liberty” like killing people from California because you think they would “change [Texas] and mess it up” if they move there.
But don’t anyone dare state the plain fact that extreme conservatives can’t win statewide elections in New York. Oh no. As Esquire’s Charles Pierce writes, them’s fightin’ words:
The conservative capacity for driving nails into their own palms may well be limitless. The latest dictator to place these stout yeopersons under the heel of his nicely cobbled boots is Andrew Cuomo, prince regent of New York. […] The other day, Cuomo gave a radio interview in which he made the unremarkable point that the kind of Republican who wins elections in, say, Alabama, likely would have something of a tough row to hoe in New York.
How dare Gov. Cuomo reject “religious freedom” and propose “secularism with tyrannical impulses”?!? Saying extreme conservatives can’t win in New York is far worse than calling people to kill Californians in Texas. At least Whittle accepts what Washington Post columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter might call “a maximalist interpretation of the Second Amendment.” But “Cuomo has reached an advanced stage of political polarization: regarding one’s democratic opponents as unfit for democracy,” Gershon laments.
Perhaps envying the applause Whittle received in Texas, on Monday a Florida Republican said President Obama should be hanged:
As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.
“I’m past impeachment,” Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. “It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”
Although the Secret Service thought otherwise, Black insisted his statement was “not a threat” and he won’t back down:
“He should be executed for treason,” Black said. “I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn’t be allowed to kill Americans without a trial.”
Actually Benedict Arnold wasn’t executed. He died in 1801, at age 60, in Canada. But why let silly facts like whether someone was executed get in the way, when we can get outraged, outraged I say about whether Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis truly was a “single mom” while she and her husband were separated but not yet divorced:
According to the paper, Davis was not a divorced working mother living in a mobile home at age 19. Instead, she was 21, and lived in a trailer for a short time. Then after a stint living with her mother, Davis moved into her own apartment.
At 24, she married Jeff Davis, a lawyer who, according to the report, helped pay for her final two years of college and cashed out his 401(k) and took out loans to help finance her Harvard law degree.
The marriage eventually ended in divorce, with Jeff Davis getting custody of the couple’s youngest daughter and Wendy Davis paying monthly child support.
In a statement to the Post, Sen. Davis replied in part:
The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future and that’s what I’ve done. I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.
What nerve! Doesn’t she know that the word “anyone” can only mean her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, a paraplegic who of course can’t “walk” in her shoes? For shame, I say!
So, let us review. It’s fine to call for murdering Californians moving to Texas, but it’s “tyrannical” to observe that extreme conservatives can’t win statewide races in New York. And it’s fine to call for President Obama to be hanged, because Benedict Arnold was, except he wasn’t, but that doesn’t matter because Sen. Davis was only separated and not yet divorced so she wasn’t really a “single mom.” Oh, and “anyone” can only mean the one person for whom “hasn’t walked a day in my shoes” can be spun into “slamming” someone in a wheelchair. Because “freedom and liberty.”
Good day and good nuts