In case you haven’t noticed, many people in leadership positions are using increasingly incendiary language for political purposes and gain.
In Maine, for instance, the soon-to-be ex-governor Paul Lepage said the following in reference to efforts to slightly increase the minimum wage: “To me when you go out and kill somebody, you go to jail. Well, this is attempted murder in my mind because it is pushing people to the brink of survival.”
If that sounds insane to you, it’s because that’s exactly what it is. It’s just completely off-the-chain bonkers, whacko nonsense.
Or take conservative rock star and media personality Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
According to Talking Points Memo: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke “meant it” when he shared a photo of an angry mob on Twitter with a caption reading “pitchforks and torches time,” after he called for violence if his team (Trump) doesn’t win the big prize.
Needless to say, serious public safety professionals are already concerned about violence, whether it be arson, assault or murder, after the country decides its future on November 8.
But you really have to just take a moment and marvel at the idea that a so-called lawman would be advocating riots because he likely thinks he’ll soon be in Washington D.C., where he can do battle with the “unaccountable politicians,” that he’s currently encouraging people to “attack.”
Clarke’s no dummy. He’ll say he was speaking metaphorically. The idea that his fans appreciate that distinction is quite frankly ridiculous.
Can this crap get any weirder?