Democratic candidate for Congress says GOP worse than ISIS
Apparently, it’s not just the man
on the street that is unable to discern the difference between ISIS/ISIL and anything – and I mean anything – that is going on in America. On Monday, Jesse Smith, veteran and Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional district in Alabama, sent out the following tweet:
The greatest country on earth is being bullied from within. Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than
Accompanying this shocking comment was the following picture and prayer:
On Tuesday, after some backlash, Smith tried to defend his comments, writing on Facebook:
Let me clarify my tweet where I compared the republican party to ISIS. Twitter does not allow for context, but this does. I am not saying that the republican party is beheading people in the streets, obviously. Here in America, because we are a civilized democracy, we do not use violence against each other as a means of control. The republicans have used the economy as a means to terrorize the people of this country. Raising interest on student loan rates, trying to privatize social security, passing tax cuts that only help the super wealthy, cutting the food stamp budget for the neediest of people. These are all examples of how the republican party is terrorizing the middle and lower classes of America. Some republicans have openly sabotaged business and worker relations just so a union would not form to help the workers (see VW plant in Tennessee). I will not stand by any longer and allow this to happen. I am going to stand up and fight for the people. The republicans and their interests have harmed the people of this great country long enough. Please, stand with me as we move towards election day.
I have no idea if Smith is clueless, just being inflammatory, or both. But it doesn’t matter. Expressions such as the one he put out on social media have no place in America. Such comments minimize the abject barbarism of ISIS while framing conservatives in an outrageous light. His words were wildly irresponsibly and extraordinarily dangerous. And his attempt to back pedal the following day was pathetic.
Thankfully, it appears highly unlikely that Smith has any chance of winning the race. But so what? Right now he has a platform and has used it to make a dangerous assertion. I hold him accountable and so should every single sane American – a number that appears to be rapidly dwindling.