Escalating harassment, and in some cases acts of outright violence against Republicans is “quickly becoming the new normal in an increasingly tense political climate,” according to the Daily Caller, and it appears anti-conservative demagoguery has spread even to the Miss USA pageant.
While the Daily Caller reported Sunday about an incident involving an attempt to run a Tennessee congressman off the road and another case in North Dakota, Fox News Monday was also talking about Kara McCullough, a pageant contestant from the District of Columbia. She had the apparent audacity to suggest that affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a privilege.
McCullough also had the temerity to “transpose” the word “feminism” to “equalism.” Apparently that got the goat for liberals. Fox reported that many people “took to social media to slam her remarks.”
The battle of emotions is heating up. Many liberals still are evidently unable to cope with Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November. Some might say the president isn’t helping matters at all with his tweets, the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and some of his other actions, but it has seemingly gotten to the point that if the GOP suddenly supported, say, legalized marijuana, liberals would demand a renewed effort in the war on drugs.
The Tennessee woman who tried to run U.S. Rep. David Kustoff off the road has been arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment. A North Dakota man who reported got physical with Rep. Kevin Cramer was “escorted” out of a town hall meeting by local police.
In the Huffington Post last week, writer Michelangelo Signorile spelled out what amounts to a call for harassment of elected officials:
“It’s time to move beyond polite protests within specified boundaries. It’s time to escalate the expression of our outrage and our anger in a massive way.
“Starting today and from here on, no elected official ― certainly those in the GOP defending and supporting Trump on a variety of issues, for example ― should be able to sit down for a nice, quiet lunch or dinner in a Washington, DC eatery or even in their own homes. They should be hounded by protestors everywhere, especially in public ― in restaurants, in shopping centers, in their districts, and yes, on the public property outside their homes and apartments, in Washington and back in their home states.”
Yet another manifestation of this left rage is unfolding in Seattle, where KOMO,the ABC affiliate, is in the crosshairs of liberals over reports that the station’s owner, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, insists that the station’s news department include some allegedly conservative-oriented reports in its news broadcasts. The Seattle Times and New York Times detailed the controversy, which by Monday morning had garnered more than 475 reader comments.
But Seattle’s liberals are talking about boycotting the station, apparently because it might air reports that they don’t like. Arguing that news should be presented a certain way in a “progressive city” ignores the fact that more KOMO viewers live outside the city and may have different views.
Still, news is news, and it should report facts and let viewers make their own conclusions.
In the final analysis, this isn’t about whether there should be a conservative voice in what liberals believe is their region. It’s about stifling any voice that doesn’t conform to their definition of acceptability.
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