when you though they couldn’t go any lower, some Republicans
have taken to labeling Democrats as the pro-pedophilia party.
you read that correctly.
April 5, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jezebel of the conservative far
right, during an appearance on Real America’s Voice network,
levied the following allegation:
Democrats are the party of pedophiles. The Democrats are the party of
princess predators from Disney. The Democrats are the party of
teachers, elementary school teachers trying to transition their
elementary school-age children and convince them they’re a
different gender. This is the party of their identity, and their
identity is the most disgusting, evil, horrible thing happening in
Jewish space laser conspiracy guru did not stop there. Greene further
stated she hoped her fellow Republican colleagues Lisa Murkowski,
Susan Collins and Mitt Romney are held accountable for “being
pro-pedophile and voting for Ketanji Brown Jackson” to be
confirmed to the Supreme Court.
was bad enough Republicans treated incoming Supreme Court Justice
Ketanji Brown Jackson with such blatant disrespect, especially
considering her academic credentials and intellectual acumen far
surpassed each of theirs. Accusing the esteemed judge of coddling
child pornographers and aiding and abetting terrorists are scurrilous
allegations that could be grounds for libel.
attacks against Jackson appeared to be largely racially based, driven
by resentment over the fact that a Black woman was selected for such
a prestigious position. In fact, even Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn
conceded to the esteemed judge “it is obvious that you have
been blessed with God given talent,” before later
disingenuously asking her how to define a woman.
is not just Greene and her wayward right-wing comrades in Congress
who are peddling disingenuous rhetoric in an attempt to tarnish those
on the left. Christina Pushaw, spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron
DeSantis, argued that anyone who was in opposition to the governor’s
“don’t say gay” bill is “probably a groomer.”
allegations and antics notwithstanding, if the Democrats wanted to
engage in a “two can play at this game” sort of politics
against Republicans, they would have a number of examples to exploit.
Donald Trump, still the party’s leader, has been accused by
five witnesses of walking in on undressed teenagers. Dennis Hastert,
the former Speaker of the House, engaged in horrendous sexual abuse
not forget that Rep. Jim Jordan was accused of helping cover up a
sex-abuse scandal in college, or that former Republican Senate
candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexually assaulting minors. More
recently, both Republican National Committee aide Ruben Verastigui
and Trump appointee Adam Hageman were arrested on child pornography
Greene, DeSantis, and others on the far right actually believe the
rhetoric they are touting, the fact is many of their followers do. By
espousing such irresponsible nonsense, they are encouraging certain
unhinged, mentally unbalanced individuals to engage in violence that
could lead to massive catastrophes.
QAnon follower Edgar Maddison Welch, the then 28-year-old parent from
Salisbury, North Carolina who believed the false rumors about Hillary
Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor? In 2016,
Welch traveled to Washington DC. and fired an assault weapon inside
the restaurant. Fortunately, no one was injured during the melee.
Republicans are playing a very dangerous game by irresponsibly
portraying the opposition party as being in favor of child abuse.
Such reckless behavior will culminate in rampant social discord,
massive levels of violence and destruction, and with this, they
apparently have no problem.