Sadly, this is not an exaggeration. I point you in the direction of two Twitter accounts in specific - Joy Reid, a MSNBC show host and George Takei, an actor best known for his Star Trek role of Sulu on the USS Enterprise. I do not watch Reid's show, a platform for her progressive views, but I have heard her views on Sunday morning shows and she clearly has no tolerance for conservative thought. Takei is an 80 year old man consumed with reducing people to labels - gay, racist, homophobic, etc. - who is openly gay in Hollywood after being closeted during most of his career.
In the spirit of naming names of those who must be called out for bad behavior, I concentrate on these two people because theirs is an elevated level of hatred against Republicans. I don't expect Democrats or Socialists to agree with a Republican president's agenda. I do expect basic human decency from those given a platform on which to influence public thought. Believe me, I am not perfect in my comments all the time but I do try to rise above bottom-dwelling vitriol. An example - when public figures die that I have little or no respect for as human beings, I remain silent on the death in social media. It's the old adage - if you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all. When Senator Ted Kennedy died, not a peep from me about it on Twitter. I didn't just oppose his politics, I held him in low regard as a man.
In the case of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the ugliness from the left towards him is all about politics. There is no dispute that Scalise is a good man. He is a husband and a father. He is a man of faith. He serves his community and his country. He loves his alma mater of LSU. There is strong consensus that both sides of the political aisle hold him in respect. He's an amicable guy and an inclusive leader. How about the young man who serves in government relations (lobbyist) for Tyson Foods? Did he deserve to be shot multiple times as he watched the baseball game practice?
You can watch Reid's hideous remarks here. There is a special spot reserved in Hell for her. Takei is old and bitter. He falls into the liberal propaganda tactics of identity politics. People are dehumanized by lumping individuals into categories to label them. He thought he should tell the world that the heroic member of Rep. Scalise's security detail was a lesbian, along with the fact that she is black. He did this to give his opinion that Scalise is both racist and homophobic. Neither accusation is true, of course, but I think Takei and the others were best put into their place of shame by a statement from the Scalise family. As he lay in critical condition, his survival still in question, the family thanked the heroes who rushed to save the ball players and bystanders. They also made a point of stating that the officer credited with saving Scalise by shooting the deranged terrorist is a longtime member of his security team and considered a part of the Scalise family.
And, there is CBS's news anchor Scott Pelley. In his final broadcast - CBS is cutting him loose so he'll be full-time at 60 Minutes - Pelley said:
It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.That's right. He didn't accurately report it was the action of a political assassin. He stated his opinion - the victims brought it all on themselves. Instead of being a journalist, he was playing political commentator as he called them responsible. You can't make this stuff up. Good riddance to him.
Too many leaders, and political commentators, who set an example for us to follow, have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence.
There are lots of examples of this behavior out there. The next time the ugly left tries to virtue-shame you into acting differently, remember this. They think you deserve to die.