With the shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and several others at practice for the bipartisan baseball game this week, the left has come under heavy attack for stirring the pot of civil unrest in our culture with consistent calls for violence against conservatives.
Many, of course, have come out stating that this is just fiery rhetoric, but the Alexandria shooter was an avid reader of such content, and to that fellow, it certainly seemed like more than just passionate speech.
The latest example of such hostility comes from a piece posted Saturday, just days before the Alexandria shooting, by the Huffington Post calling for “the ultimate punishment of Trump.”
According to The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post pulled a piece calling for the “execution” of President Donald Trump published Saturday by contributor Jason Fuller.
Fuller’s piece contained rhetoric and imagery that seems tasteless, particularly after Wednesday’s events. Fuller boldly declares in the title that “Trump must be prosecuted — if convicted in a court of law — executed.” Fuller doesn’t stop there, however, as he insists that “impeachment isn’t enough” to “drain the swamp,” and to do so means doling out the “ultimate punishment [execution]” in order to fully restore the moral compass of the U.S.
Fuller’s “ultimate punishment” is not only reserved for the president, but also for “everyone assisting in his agenda,” including Republican Reps. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and White House strategist Steve Bannon. Fuller claims that “all must face justice” by being tried, convicted and ultimately executed for treason.
This tone comes from a man who self-describes as “critical” of “bullying and extremism.” Fuller uses the term “execution” twice and “ultimate punishment” twice more thereafter as a euphemism for execution, in a piece claiming that those he disagrees with committed “treason.”
Even for the Huffington Post, the story was too much.
With the current divisive and emotionally-charged climate in this country, pulling the article was definitely a good call. Finally some sanity from the HuffPo.
The bigger problem, however, is that so many folks on the left are that angry and out of control as to think that carelessly spoken words are some acceptable form of behavior, or that violence is a legitimate form of expression of disagreement.
It wouldn’t have been acceptable if it was Barack Obama, and it shouldn’t be tolerable if it’s Donald Trump or any other member of Congress.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]