Eric Cantor is one piece of work. No sooner do the Teabaggers go ballistic and throw bricks through Democratic Congressmembers’ office windows and shouting ‘Baby Killer’ and other choice racial epithets, than all of a sudden the House’s number 2 Republican tells the world about the anti-Semitic attacks he’s suffered:
“I’ve received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my position but also because I am Jewish,” he said in a statement.
An overly credulous Natasha Mozgovaya expands upon this theme in Haaretz quoting this slightly loopy Cantor line:
“I’ve received threats since I assumed elected office not only because of my position but also because I am Jewish. I have never blamed anyone in this body for that – period. Any suggestion that a leader in this body would incite threats or acts against other members is akin to my endangering myself, my wife and my children.”
The real whopper is the alleged shooting threat at his Congressional office that never was:
Cantor said today: “Just recently I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week.”
But this is what the Richmond police said about the incident:
The police report said a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction with enough force to break the pane but not penetrate the blinds. Lepley said the bullet landed on the floor about a foot from the window. Cantor occasionally uses the room for meetings, police said.
In other words, this was a random act of urban gun violence that occurs (unfortunately) in every city in America, and not a direct attack on Eric Cantor. Besides, the same article makes clear that this building is NOT Cantor’s campaign office as he claimed, but that it houses the offices of political allies of his where he occasionally participates in meetings.
So much for those malicious left-wing anti-Semites out to get poor Eric Cantor. Do I hear disinformation? Do I hear a Republican covering for his Teabag friends by trying desperately to change the political subject? If you want to sample what these lunatics are capable of read this story which documents real, as opposed to Cantor’s made-up, threats and outright violence.
This country shouldn’t need reminding of the potential for violence of which its pathological and psychotic are capable. We’ve had presidents and civil rights leaders assassinated. Violence is as American as apple pie to quote Malcolm X. To play political games as Cantor has done is unforgivable. There is very real danger here, and if Republicans don’t take it damn seriously, then one of their own (or some nitwit fellow traveler) is going to make them live to regret it.
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