You may have seen last week when Andrea Tantaros, a far-right radio talk show host and Fox News contributor, told her listeners that if they ran into any Obama supporters that day, “Do me a favor — punch them in the face.” Here’s the full quote:
This is Obama’s America. It’s like the Soviet Union. He said he’d change the country. He said it, he said it, he said it, and a lot of people voted for him. And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch ’em in the face. We’ll be right back.
I’m always amused when right wingers say that Obama’s America is just like the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany. It never seems to occur to them that the fact that they are allowed to say those things without being arrested or murdered kind of undermines their point. But it turns out that Tantaros has a rather predictable double standard here. She really hates violent rhetoric — when she thinks Obama is doing it.
I think Obama’s rhetoric, the violent rhetoric and class warfare rhetoric causes these flashmobs.
Violent rhetoric — even when it isn’t actually violent at all; you’ve never heard Obama say anything encouraging violence against anyone in this country — is bad when other people do it.