Guns and Bullets: Young Gun Candidate’s Dangerous Rhetoric (Video)
October 22, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Eliminationist rhetoric is all the rage now, not only with right-wing teapartiers but the establishment leaders of the Republican Party. Sarah Palin urges her followers to “don’t retreat, reload.” And Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee for governor of New York threatened a reporter, saying “I’ll take you out.” Fox News’ Glenn Beck has built an entire empire and filled his pockets with cash, by invoking violent imagery and eliminationist rhetoric. So, it should come as no surprise when an attendee at a campaign event for Republican Chris Gibson, running in New York’s 20th district, shouts out a verbal threat that involves bullets towards his Democratic opponent, and Gibson doesn’t even blink an eye. After nearly two-years of incendiary tea party rallies attacking President Obama, our first black president, with violent, racist and bigoted signs, such over-the-top rhetoric has become commonplace.
Gibson, a teapartier and member of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, once compared the federal government to al-Qaeda. And during a campaign event over the weekend, he fear-mongered to the audience that his opponent, Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy, plans to take their guns away.
Gibson complained about Democratic trackers videotaping him and warned of the dangers of big government.
Gibson said to the crowd, “What do you think he thinks of your privacy? You trust a guy like that with your guns?” The enthusiastic crowded shouted, “No!”
One man in the audience shouted in response, “I trust him with my bullet!”
Gibson’s campaign told Politico the right-wing candidate didn’t hear the shouted remark.
But if you watch the video, Gibson clearly turns toward the direction of the shouted-out threat and smiles, as the audience erupts in laughter.
When our public officials and political leaders refuse to condemn violence and hate, they are fostering a climate ripe for violent acts. And it’s a disgrace.