Dem Congressman suggests shooting then candidate Rick Scott
As Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator reports, this quote from now former Dem Congressman Paul Kanjorski "seemed to vanish in the pre-election haze." It was reported in the Scranton Times on October 23 with hardly a raised eyebrow - just more of the Congressman's famous "loose lips."
I leave it for you to judge whether these "eliminationist" comments by Kanjorski about Florida's then candidate for Governor Rick Scott should have received a little wider play:
"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."I guess Dave Neiwert missed this when it came out. Probably too busy turning over rocks looking to smear conservatives.
Mr. Kanjorski used a figure of speech. No one really believes he thinks that Scott should be lined up against a wall and shot. Rodents like Niewert, however, deliberately ignore that salient fact when quoting conservatives and apply the worst possible motives - including a real desire to harm their opponents. It is a despicable tactic that has been aped by many on the left who quote conservatives either wildly out of context or simply ignore the reality of a loose metaphor or using a figure of speech as Kanjorski did to be incendiary, or bombastic, not threatening.
Language should not be used this way. Both sides could learn that lesson and we'd be a lot better off.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky