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A Chilling Headline

And not to intend to spoil anyone’s day, but it has to be at least noticed, and responded to, lest it become the wave of the future in this country. Just this one act is dreadful enough.

“A Texas man ambushed and fatally shot Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann, a prominent El Paso lawyer, because her home displayed a prominent Joe Biden flag, and he believed the victim was a pro-choice Jewish Satan worshipper.”

That is what Trump has wrought, and it was there before him, but he gave out the call to these people, and emboldened them. Fox News also wrought it, they think it is a kind of game with big monetary rewards. All the demagogues at CPAC. All the enraged talk show hosts. All the “Stop the Steal” rallies which have now extended to the California Recall election tomorrow, where their story is that the only way Newsom can win is due to voter fraud. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spoke about “Jewish space lasers” starting the fires in California; and the news mocking it, but not understanding how frightening such calls to arms for anti-abortion fanatics and anti-semites are.

They will always disavow this, as those who incite terrorism in this country do. What a tragedy for this woman and her family. And the man who threatened to kill Nancy Pelosi, faces a minimal sentence of six months to two years, and some fines, but it is expected that he will get credit for time served since arrested in January, so may not serve any more time for this. For some reason, there is little punishment for domestic terrorists, at least those who espouse a Right-Wing view. All this coddling encourages more of it.

It is insanity, and worse than that, because most insane people are not dangerous to others. But these people are, and they are being encouraged and weaponized by soulless profiteers and opportunistic inciters of violence and chaos. I almost didn’t want to even comment on this, but how can one just let it sink under the avalanche of other daily headlines?

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