“nobody was threatening Gabby.” – Tucson Tea Party co-founder, Trent Humphries (h/t Frank Rich)
Oh, those wacky conservatives over at Tucker Carlson’s place. They just can’t help themselves. That Mr. Fuller’s violent rhetoric was spurred on by getting shot never enters the minds of Carlson & Co., which has resulted in his involuntary commitment to “a county mental services unit,” according to CNN.
The flashback quote above from the Tea Party co-founder who was threatened yesterday was made after a gun was reportedly dropped by an attendee at a previous meet-up with Gabrielle Giffords.
How ironic the Right, who weren’t even bothered by a gun dropping at a Giffords event, and squealed violent hate speech rhetoric didn’t have an outcome after she was shot and almost mortally wounded, is now raising the roof about the latest example of offensively dangerous rhetoric that just last week they were saying doesn’t matter.
They can’t have it both ways.
So, now the Right is finally wailing about dangerous hate speech, but only because the hate speech has been focused on one of their own, though the real reason they’re talking about the incident is to use it against the Left.
Fuller’s hate speech should be condemned on all sides, as should the crosshairs targeting action and rhetoric of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman and Sharron Angle, but the Right can’t be bothered with consistency.
One can only imagine the Right’s reaction if one of their own had been targeted with crosshairs on a poster by a politician encouraging “don’t retreat, reload,” which ended up with one of those politicians shot and fighting for her life in the hospital, with others killed, including a young girl. All happening in a come “armed and dangerous” atmosphere egged on by powerful Tea Party politicians like Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachman.
From KGUN9-TV, the very channel name illustrative, but we are talking about Arizona.
Two things are clear from Saturday’s ABC News town hall meeting in Tucson. One: Tucsonans are eager to move forward and recover from last week’s horrible shooting rampage. And two: that process is going to be slow and painful. That latter point was driven home by the arrest of a shooting victim, who threatened a speaker during the taping of the program.
… On the front row was Kenneth Dorushka, who was shot shielding his wife from Loughner’s gunfire; and J. Eric Fuller, who was shot in the knee.
… That’s where the atmosphere turned tense. When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”
The threat from Fuller is inexcusable.
I wonder if it will shut up the “civility is censorship” lunatic fringe Right, the same crew who thought crosshairs “targeting” politicians wouldn’t have “consequences,” as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords herself warned.
Mr. Fuller, a 63-year-old disabled veteran, is a Giffords supporter, who when interviewed last week also had this to say about the Tea Party inciters. Via Democracy Now:
“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Fuller says. “Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled.”
America is hearing him now.
It’s very convenient for the Right to rise up on the dangerously unhinged death threat from Mr. Fuller, said in the light of day at an ABC News town hall in Tucson.
However, the Right has no credibility on calling out Fuller, because their indignation at his use of violent rhetoric only reared up when it was focused at one of their own and they’re using it only to attack the Left.
It’s all so predictable. The Right is nothing if not opportunistic and hypocritical.