Rand Paul probably really regrets a tweet he sent out last year about shooting the government.
“Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer,” Paul tweeted when “the government” was synonymous with “Barack Obama.” Then he added, “It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!”
On Tuesday, someone shot at the government when the case could reasonably be made that it is become tyrannical.
Since Donald Trump assumed office, he has attempted to curtail almost every civil right one can think of, ban an entire religion from entering the country, and it’s likely that he directly concluded with at least one hostile dictator. He also orders his steaks well done, which should be considered a quintuple war crime automatically.
And Republicans have cheered him on, putting party before country as they work to keep him in power at all costs.
One of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders is Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot at baseball practice (along with three others) by a crazed Jill Stein supporter whose Facebook timeline reveals that he feels the government has become the exact tyrannical entity about which Paul spoke. So he shot at ‘the government’ like Paul suggested.
Unfortunately, this sort of rhetoric was not exactly uncommon from the Right — when Barack Obama was President and it gave them an opportunity to work through their fantasies of murdering our first African-American President without actually voicing their desires.
Now, it’s suddenly a problem to shoot at the government when someone who is actually running their kind of dictatorship.
Just to be clear, it is always wrong to shoot someone in cold blood — but this is the exact sort of thing conservatives have said to do if you don’t like your elected officials for about eight years.
They built this.
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