It shouldn't come as a shock to me, but on the heels of my article this morning deriding the faux-tears of the far right over the lack of civility, there were two tweets I came across today which were galling.
The first was from talk show host Larry Elder, posted on Saturday (just three days after the mass shooting deaths at the Annapolis newspaper) about a reporter who made an mistake in a story that was critical of Trump and was fired, and Elder chided all reporters by “quipping” that such things could be “career ending.” Worse (and yes, it can be worse) – Trump retweeted it. Just days after expressing his weepy sadness over the shooting victims.
(I responded with a comment that noted, not just how cruel and thoughtless this tweet and re-tweet was, but how holding people for making mistakes is how honest, honorable, decent businesses do.)
And then today, not to my surprise (given his history with the racist Ron Paul Newsletter), former GOP congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul deleted a tweet that others saved and reposted to shame him that Paul linked to a cartoon which was deeply racist and anti-semitic. He replaced it with another graphic, though that was pretty bad, too – ridiculing “political correctness,” which after all is another word for “civility,” that the far-right supposedly is all for now. Here’s a link to the story and cartoon.
One would think if you're proud of your views, you wouldn't feel compelled to delete them, as happens so often with far right public figures these days. But then, perhaps like Dinesh D'Souza claimed the other day after he deleted his own tweet linking to something, he just didn't see the hashtag "Burn the Jews". It's a mistake I'm sure everyone makes all the time...
As I said this morning, only a few hours earlier, the fake tears of the far right calling for "civility" is a sham, since they have been acting the very opposite, most-especially virulently, for the past two years -- at a minimum. And no one should react in belief of it.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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