Last week, Ilhan Omar summarized the September 11 terrorist attack as “some people did something.” Setting aside the callousness of the statement, let’s just agree it was a stupid thing to say. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says stupid things in place of morning affirmations: three chambers of government, the Constitution only says men have presidential age restrictions, and the croissant anthem are just three topics which pop into my mind. Nancy Pelosi, the supposed leader of the Democrats, called the violent MS-13 gang members “God’s children” but is most famously known for “if we want to know what’s in Obamacare, we have to pass it first.” Joe Biden once said the best way for women to defend themselves against home invaders was to fire a double-barrel shotgun into the air. Twice. Thus leaving women with empty weapons. Maybe that’s how he’d prefer his women when he’s coming in for a little snuggle and hair sniff.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
The First Amendment is a wonderful thing which we should all defend. It allows us to share our ideas, debate our positions, and in the Democrats’ case, expose their stupid. A practice in which they seem to voluntarily engage. Daily.
No, Democrats do not own the rights to stupidity. But in 2019, they have a patent pending on equating criticism of their stupid with “incitement.”
All last week, Ilhan Omar and her bestie the bug-eyed wonder Ocasio-Cortez, told us criticism of their words (the stupid words, specifically) “incited violence.” This is an escalation from what used to be criticism just because they were women of color. Maybe that narrative didn’t fly, so now Democrats and their leftist water-carriers, the media, are equating criticism with “incitement.”
Here, some recent examples:
1. I never called you un-American.
2. I did not incite any violence against you.
3. You described an act of terrorism on American soil that killed thousands of innocent lives as “some people did something.”
It’s still unbelievable, as is your response here. https://t.co/SsfWYepOS1
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 10, 2019
So now me defending myself is incitement? Apparently everything in the world is incitement. BTW, I have full time security thanks to death threats and I’m not blaming you for incitement, even though you’re a**holes. https://t.co/2wqZk6X3EQ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 16, 2019
For two years, this President has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division. He's done it again. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress @IlhanMN at risk & vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I'll be blunt — we must defeat him.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 13, 2019
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
What did Trump do to “incite” violence, you ask? He tweeted two things. First:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Then he retweeted:
How is this woman walking the halls of Congress. How. https://t.co/CrtK7j3wpZ
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) April 12, 2019
So basically, Ilhan Omar’s own words. Trump tweeted or retweeted them. The video juxtaposing Ilhan’s words with the act itself, that’s pretty powerful. Goes to evidence she chose her words poorly. As a sitting Congresswoman, shame on her for not knowing better.
These same people, by the way, alleged Brett Kavanaugh was somehow a gang rapist, Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic was the new face of racism, and vertically challenged tumbler merchant, Ben Shapiro, is the new Alt-Right hero. If anything, he’s the new hero for asbestos. Get it right. And no, I haven’t forgotten about the professor accusing our own Steven Crowder of Nazism.
But criticism of Democrats, that’s “incitement.” Adorable.
I’ve said it before but maybe I need to say it again: the First Amendment gives you the right to say whatever you want. It doesn’t give you the right to say whatever you want without criticism. That criticism, unless it’s specifically “let’s kill this mofo” isn’t violence, it’s a reaction. During the 2016 presidential primary season, I questioned the masculinity of Bernie Sanders most ardent male supporters. Naturally, those ardent male supporters took issue with my questioning of their masculine wiles. Some men even suggested I be raped on a hill of ants. Which I’d argue is kind of incitement. But most of the criticism was just angry letters, angry tweets, angry words in reaction to my words.
Point is, when you say something, expect someone to say something back. If you say something stupid, like brushing off 9/11 as “some people did something” expect people to take issue and respond. If you bitch about the high cost of an airport pastry, expect people to fact-check your statement.
If you can’t handle verbal or written pushback to your stupid, stupid words, put a kibosh on the stupid, stupid words. Why is this is such a difficult concept to understand? I know we live in stupid times, but that doesn’t mean those of us who see the stupid for what it is should refrain from illuminating it out in hopes we can move past the stupid for a brighter, smarter future.
So Democrats, some advice: engage the brain before the mouth. Think before you type. Reconsider before clicking the “send” button, or forming sounds with your face flaps. Then watch in amazement how your political critics have less to say about the barrage of WTF firing from your side of the political aisle.
But I won’t hold my breath.