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Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Paid Protesters"

That's the new Republican designation for anyone who demonstrates against The Hairpiece or his minions in Congress. I'm sure you've seen stories like this one:

On Thursday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer refused to allow Rep. Marsha Blackburn to allege her town hall was filled with outsiders without offering up proof to that effect and said, "How do you know only a third of the people that were inside actually were from your district?"

Since Republican town halls have been besieged with angry constituents, conservatives have been claiming they are all paid protesters.

Nobody is believing that nonsense except Trump's most loyal supporters. You know, the ones that wouldn't care if he murdered someone in the street just to make a point.

What's equally ridiculous about Blackburn's claim is that she sent out invitations to her town hall and then checked IDs to make sure they weren't undocumented workers outside agitators.

The thing that amazed me was that Blitzer actually challenged her.

Even Tony Perkins is in on the act: "May God open the eyes of the American people to see organized rabble-rousers for what they are: paid progressive operatives. . . ." Blah, blah, blah. And somehow that segues into repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. Perkins is starting to seem a little stressed.

This is where it starts to get scary:

The NRA’s top gun revealed a paranoid vision of the world in a Friday speech that painted Democratic protesters as well-paid criminals bent on terrorizing the country.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre unloaded on “the left,” saying its demonstrators are paid $1,500 a week to wreak havoc.

“They’re angry. They’re militant and they’re willing to engage in criminal violence to get what they want,” LaPierre said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Many of these people literally hate everything America stands for.”

The irony in that last statement is over the top: we -- the Left -- are not the ones who are hell-bent on dismantling the country and selling it to the highest bidder.

This is the key:

“With all the threats facing America today, your right to protect yourself and your family may be more relevant and urgently needed than ever before,” he said.

“We will not be intimidated.”

That sounds like a call to violence to me -- you know some asshole with more guns than brains is going to take that as license to shoot up the next protest.

Coda: I think this has it right:

(Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com)  

Via Balloon Juice.

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