Democrats and their liberal allies have demonstrated a great deal of faux outrage over a tweet by President Donald Trump, which featured an old clip from one of his pro-wrestling appearances but with CNN’s logo superimposed over his opponent’s head.
A chorus of outrage sounded across social media and news programs, as politicians and pundits rushed to accuse Trump of calling for violence against CNN employees and journalists.
Contextually, it’s clear that Trump’s tweet was a celebratory gesture in response to his perceived victory against CNN. But while melting down over the mock video, pundits and Democrats papers over how Democrats themselves have issued plenty of comments or tweets equally as non-seriously violent as Trump’s tweet, and in many cases much more explicitly violent.
Only on Saturday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said she would take HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s “a** apart.”
“[Carson] knows nothing about the mission of HUD. He doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave,” Waters said during an appearance at the 2017 Essense Festival. “If he thinks when he comes before my committee where I am the ranking member of the financial services that I am going to give him a pass, I am going to take his a** apart,” she continued.
Waters’ comments elicited no complaints from Democrats or their allies in the mainstream media. No one asserted that Waters’ rhetoric was an actual promise to physically attack Carson, other members of the Trump administration, or Republicans in general.
In May, a Democratic state legislator in Texas actually threatened the life of one of his Republican colleagues.
“Today, Representative Poncho Nevárez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery, which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay,'” wrote Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi on Facebook on May 29.
“When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues,” Rinaldi wrote. “During that time Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point, and he would get me [sic],'” Rinaldi continued.
“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self-defense. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.”
If a Republican legislator threatened to murder his Democratic peer, one would think it would be national news, and Democrats coast to coast would be calling upon Republicans everywhere to denounce the offending politician.
Of course, in addition to making empty and serious threats of violence towards Republicans, Democrats have been eagerly whipping up hostility towards them. In June, less than two weeks after House Majority Leader Steve Scalise was shot by a left-wing activist, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) posted a video to Facebook denouncing a GOP leadership health care plan, accompanied with hysterical language that implied Republican policies will kill Americans.
“I’ve read the Republican ‘health care’ bill. This is blood money,” Warren wrote. “They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives.”
As the Scalise shooting demonstrated, this type of rhetoric can have real-life consequences. The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a one-time volunteer for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and an avid consumer of liberal media, especially MSNBC.
Immediately following the shooting, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received a threatening email with the subject line, “One down, 216 to go…,” according to The Hill.
“Do you NOT expect this?” the email stated. “When you take away ordinary peoples [sic] very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance.”