You can not be tribal without being a hypocrite.
If you only go after people who are on the other side of you politically but give others who have committed the same offense a free pass because they’re in your tribe, you’re a hypocrite.
If you spent eight years attacking President Obama for playing a lot of golf, then spent the next four years blind to Trump playing a shit ton of golf, even after he promised he wouldn’t, and ignored that he made taxpayers pay for his golf, giving him a huge profit from it, then you’re a hypocrite.
In May 2017, comedian Kathy Griffin posed with a Donald Trump mask covered in ketchup. It was made out to look like a decapitated head. For me, I don’t know what’s the bigger sin, a decapitated head or the ketchup. I really hate ketchup.
In case you have a short memory like Republicans do about who created the economy Trump inherited, or that Trump increased the national debt by $2 trillion, or Trump created the border crisis, inflation, the supply-chain issue, and the Afghanistan pullout, or that Trump played down the COVID pandemic, or that entire Trump golf thing, then let me refresh your memory on the Kathy Griffin headless Trump crisis.
After Ms. Griffin’s photo stunt with the ketchup Trump mask, you can probably guess how Republicans reacted. They all joined as one and defended Kathy Griffin’s freedom of speech and demanded the media not to act like a woke mob and cancel her. They called everyone who criticized the stunt a “snowflake” and to grow up. #SaveKathy was the hashtag shared by every Republican in Congress. And then they all set out to feed the homeless, protect the environment, add more vegetables into school lunches, and save Michelle Obama’s White House garden.
OK, I may have made a few of those things up.
What really happed was a lot of, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!” from Republicans.
The Republican National Committee published a statement saying, “Kathy Griffin’s career was over long before she attempted to make a disgusting joke about decapitating the President. Playing the victim and blaming others for her hateful actions today, and claiming to be (bullied) is a bridge too far.”
The California Republican Party sought donations for Kathy’s “disrespectful” photo and asked donors to contribute to the fight against “the left’s blatant disrespect.” They also published the photo in their solicitation condemning the publishing of the photo.
A lot of Republican cartoonists used the same image to condemn the image.
Donald Trump tweeted that Griffin should be “ashamed” of herself and that Barron, Trump’s son named after his horny alias and who was 11 at the time, was “having a hard time with this.” He ended his tweet with, “Sick!” Dude, I’m sure Barron has a “hard time” with a lot of shit. Has he seen those photos of his mom? I wonder how Barron feels about daddy tweeting AOC, along with other non-white female representatives, should be “sent back” to her own country, which is the United States because she was born here.
Trumpy Jr tweeted, “Disgusting but not surprising.” He also said, “This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?” Jr, We don’t have to imagine.
Jr and other Republican shitheads demanded that CNN fire Kathy from her annual gig as cohost, with Anderson Cooper, of their New Year Eve show.
Republicans got exactly what they wanted and CNN fired Griffin. After that, Jr. tweeted Griffin should receive more punishing. And she got more punishment.
Griffin didn’t just lose her CNN gig, she had multiple bookings at comedy clubs canceled. Nobody wanted their club burned down for booking Kathy Griffin. She was also placed on the no-fly list for two months. She was investigated by the Secret Service, and threatened jail time for a “conspiracy to kill the ‘president.'” She also lost a book deal and probably quite a few friends.
Al Franken, who was senator at the time and later canceled by his own party, condemned her actions. This only reminded Republicans that Franken and Griffin were old comedy pals, and they started attacking him for knowing her.
Even Melania, who was usually silent about famous people bullying and insulting, like her husband, attacked Kathy Griffin.”
Democrats criticized Kathy Griffin for her stunt. Hardly anyone defended it. But, Donald Trump Jr told us to imagine the reaction if a conservative did what Kathy did. We know that his party wouldn’t give a rat’s fuck over it. In fact, they’d remain silent.
Republicans got everything they demanded with Kathy Griffin, and the ketchup-Trump-mask stunt isn’t even the worst thing she’s ever done. Have you seen “Shrek Forever After?” It was the worst Shrek. I was going to use the 1998 Godzilla, but that was Vicki Lewis. Until now, I thought Ms. Lewis and Ms. Griffin were the same person.
Republicans were afraid Kathy Griffin was threatening to kill Donald Trump. The party could not find any of their members they had faith in that could stop Kathy Griffin on a murder rampage. These are the same fuckers scared of Big Bird, Greta Thunberg, and broccoli.
On Monday, Representative Paul Gosar tweeted out some weird altered anime video of him cutting off the head of his colleague Alexandria Ocasio Cortez…and murdering President Joe Biden. So far, Don Jr has been silent with his outrage.
The only Republican who has expressed disgust over this has been Representative Adam Kinzinger.
House Minority Leader has been asked to condemn this but so far, like when Marjorie Taylor Green issued death threats to Leader Nancy Pelosi and AOC, he’s remained silent.
Republicans are NOT going after Gosar for doing the very same thing they attacked Kathy Griffin for…except Gosar’s attack threatened more people. They have not spoken out against this because they are hypocrites and Republicans don’t believe hypocrisy applies to them.
Ever Gosar’s siblings have criticized his actions. His sister, Jennifer Gosar, said he was expressing his “sociopathic fantasies.” Along with her five other siblings, Jennifer endorsed Paul Gosar’s opponent in his last election. I can relate as I have two siblings I don’t talk to, but in our case, they’re Paul Gosar.
When a very public personality like Paul Gosar exhibits sociopathic fantasies about murdering a co-worker, much more deranged sociopaths may take his cue and exhibit not just weird murderous sexual fantasies, but actions. This is dangerous shit and Gosar should be removed from office. Gosar is not qualified to serve in Congress. Unfortunately, the entire Republican Party is controlled by and full of sociopaths.
Before taking his video off Twitter to pretend it never happened, Gosar told everyone to relax because it’s “just a cartoon.”
Yeah, and Kathy Griffin’s stunt was just a mask covered in ketchup.
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Anything Trump condemned, you can bet he was doing it behind the scenes. Every talking point he ever criticized was part of his own daily routine. He drained the swamp, yes he did, right into his own bank account.
We cannot expect Republicans to be anything but hypocrites. Their god and ruler taught them well.
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This is heard all day yesterday, and the day before, here at the home office: What is Clay gonna do with this Gosar video post? What is Clay’s take on this Gosar thing? What what what? … more waiting … day goes by … Then it arrives!!!!
Nice job Clay.
Home office is pleased! check is in the mail!
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I remember Griffiths apologising and weeping for her tasteless stunt. Then reverting to type when she realised she had the support of the progressively more aggressive left.
But let’s not distract from the real issue. An increasingly incoherent Joe Biden who can’t string a meaningful sentence together, a forgetful President calling the Australian Prime Minister ‘the feller down under’ a sleepy Joe snoozing at COP 26 till his aide woke him. That last must have been a revelation forced on the blinkered left who were not let in on the joke that is their President. Makes you want to cringe?
A joke has been played on Biden voters by the Democrats and Mrs Sleepy Joe and the polls reflect it. Putting forward an elderly and damaged man as the best candidate for such a demanding and powerful role. History will judge them, but I’m hoping we won’t have to wait that long for a such disgraceful people to be exposed.
You say, “Let’s not distract…” and then you start distracting with right-wing talking points. Remember, Trump never got above 50% in the polls, is an old man, and wasn’t qualified for the job. Also, he attempted a coup, lost the election, and undermined democracy.
Say what you will about Biden, but he beat Trump. Historians have already placed Trump the third-worst on the list. I know that doesn’t sound right. I would have made the worst because he is.
You’re in a cult.
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Biden is a cognitively impaired old fart. Getting worse every day. No hiding it, particularly at world forums. The talking point is today’s President. Hard questions should be asked of his wife and his party.
Paul Gosar sucks. My blog. Stay on topic, talking point gaslighter.
You’re right it is your blog.
Maybe your best writing yet my friend. David Marshall
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Clay, in short, this kind of behavior is poor no matter who does it, but it is well beneath the dignity of the office of a member of the House of Representatives. We deserve better and need for them to be better. Being a jerk does not make someone right, it just means they are being a jerk. Being a comedian does not give one a hall pass, but we expect our representatives to be one of our better angels, not our worst.
There are also too many extreme thinkers who buy into the this vile behavior. Here is a post from the other day that ties two issues together. The people in ones own party need to be active in denouncing this behavior. The Catholic Church, US Women’s Gymnastic organization, Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State et al all failed to learn this lesson and their reputations suffered. Keith