Where is the GOP’s outrage over the violent video a member of the House of Representatives shared about the AOC?
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not ask This is amazing.
Yes, she’s a public servant who knows, by definition, that she’s signed up for the kind of scrutiny that comes with a job as an elected official—but certainly not the kind.
She did not stay out of the limelight in less than two years in Congress.
In fact, sometimes she courted her quite effectively. But she didn’t expect to get it This is amazing Kind of interesting.
This is amazingAfter all, it was a fictional death video in which Ocasio-Cortez was murdered. This was posted by a colleague of hers, a US Congresswoman, if you can believe it.
The video was shared by Representative Paul Gosar, a Cretan Republican who inexplicably still represents the great state of Arizona, with the question, “Are there any anime fans out there?” — as if he was just wondering who would enjoy watching a quick clip in which he and other far-right Looney Tunes appear murdering — yes, murdering — Ocasio-Cortez and President Biden.
The video is offensive and ridiculous as well, and from the variety that has flown through the Trump administration, such as the video depicting Trump hitting CNN in a WWE-style wrestling match. CNN responded, “It’s a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.” Rather than avoiding the creepy, cultured, and disturbing fan art (or “fans” behind them), some Republicans have amplified it, basking in the radiant warmth of its violence.
And so, with seemingly no concern for Ocasio-Cortez’s safety, Gosar took to Twitter to incite violence against a colleague—particularly a woman of color that he and other Republicans decided “deserves it.”
This reminds me of something. Once – or just a few years ago – conservatives made it their mission to advocate this kind of violent misogyny. I know, there you are. The watch of misogyny was somewhat of a cottage industry of the right in the twenties and forties.
And believe me, we were on solid ground and had plenty of material.
There was MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who announced a “bimbo alert” to Sarah Palin, and called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing whore.” MSNBC’s Martin Basher imagined someone was defecating in Sarah Palin’s mouth — on Live TV. Liberal writer Matt Taiby wrote of Michelle Malkin, “When I read her stuff, I imagine her reciting her text, in book-on-tape style, with a whole lot of balls in her mouth.”
Likewise the high-minded intellectuals “imagined” a Hustler with a penis in my mouth – in revenge for my being conservative. Keith Olbermann was a routine felon, suggesting I should have had an abortion and describing Malkin as a “big bag of mashed up red lipstick”. Feminists were particularly offended by his misogyny when he thought that the only way to defeat Hillary Clinton was to find “someone who could just take her into a room and just walk her out”.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has had a long history of derogatory and misogynistic comments about everyone from Clinton to Palin to Michelle Bachmann.
We were rightly outraged by this horrible pattern of behavior, in which men degrade women, turn them into sexual parts of their bodies, and fantasize about violence, rape, and other types of assaults on them.
That, until Donald Trump did it.
From the “Reaching Hollywood” tape, in which he discusses removing women from their genitals, to his near-constant attacks on women’s appearance, to the multiple allegations of sexual assault on him, suddenly the misogyny we’ve been criticizing for so many years was…potential. You know, because of judges and stuff.
Trump has enlisted conservative women like Kellyanne Conway, who was once a critic of misogyny, to give cover to misogyny. She has fortunately had to ignore American voters and shine a light on them with ridiculous cries of sexism against, well, just about everyone she met, from CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Dana Bash, Senator Mazie Hirono to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Cory Booker to Senator Tim Kaine. She insisted they were the problem. Not Trump.
For anyone concerned with intellectual consistency—and misogyny—this absolute abandonment of both was confusing, to say the least. It was bad when Olbermann – a man who talks a lot with an increasingly dwindling fan base – did so, but somewhat less terrible when the leader of the free world did so?
So it’s unfortunate, but not entirely surprising, that we’ve come to the logical conclusion that a congressman is posting a death fantasy video about a congresswoman, with little or no reaction from former misogynist watchers on the right. .
To what extent will Republicans tolerate incitement to violence and misogyny as the fictional video of Gosar’s murder? Until there is real violence against Ocasio-Cortez? Because I’m afraid that’s exactly where this is headed. You didn’t ask for this.
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