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May 31 2013

Tantaros: Against Violent Rhetoric. By Others.

You may have seen last week when Andrea Tantaros, a far-right radio talk show host and Fox News contributor, told her listeners that if they ran into any Obama supporters that day, “Do me a favor — punch them in the face.” Here’s the full quote:

This is Obama’s America. It’s like the Soviet Union. He said he’d change the country. He said it, he said it, he said it, and a lot of people voted for him. And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch ‘em in the face. We’ll be right back.

I’m always amused when right wingers say that Obama’s America is just like the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany. It never seems to occur to them that the fact that they are allowed to say those things without being arrested or murdered kind of undermines their point. But it turns out that Tantaros has a rather predictable double standard here. She really hates violent rhetoric — when she thinks Obama is doing it.

I think Obama’s rhetoric, the violent rhetoric and class warfare rhetoric causes these flashmobs.

Violent rhetoric — even when it isn’t actually violent at all; you’ve never heard Obama say anything encouraging violence against anyone in this country — is bad when other people do it.

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  1. 1
    matty1

    Flashmobs?

    Also trying to gently tweak an economic policy that remains heavily tilted towards the rich is not class warfare.

  2. 2
    matty1

    There was meant to be a link in there

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_mob

    “A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression”

  3. 3
    outraged

    Ok. We see Janet Jackson’s nipple and the FCC goes full tilt apeshit. You have right wingers constantly calling for violent action, even inciting violence and nobody cares? What am I missing?

  4. 4
    Nemo

    I haven’t read Tantaros’ context, but recently there’s been some scaremongering over a few incidents where alleged “flash mobs” committed shoplifting or the like, and of course this was used to tar the entire concept of flash mobs. Sad on several levels — that such a lovely thing was being tainted, and that old media was going back to its Internet-bashing ways, which it had largely backed off of in recent years (as “like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter” became the new mantra).

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    “you’ve never heard Obama say anything encouraging violence against anyone in this country”

    Really? What about his famous “Rise up, fellow scary negros, and kill Whitey!” speech?

  6. 6
    theschwa

    Modus (#5),
    The scariest part is Obama’s whitewashing of the past – that that speech has been entirely scrubbed from the history books. It is impossible to even find a clip of it on the internets.

  7. 7
    slc1

    Re @ #5

    Really? What about his famous “Rise up, fellow scary negros, and kill Whitey!” speech?

    Since Obama would never be caught dead using a politically incorrect term such as negro, it is obvious that he never made such a comment.

  8. 8
    catbutler

    I’m sure she was talking about the (largely fictional) epidemic here in Philly a couple of years ago when suburbanites feared flash mobs of teenagers assembling to beat on people. And, yes, of course they meant black teenagers. Supposedly they would text each other and assemble in violent mobs. Might have happened about two times.
    Much like the whole New Black Panther thing it isn’t really a thing per se.
    It did lead to a citywide youth curfew though.

  9. 9
    baal

    @slc1 – OMG, you missed the memo to wipe the phone records? It was horrible, the script the FEDGOV put together didn’t run on androids phones from 2012 so we had to make a phone tree for everyone at the speech (thanks to a 10gig pic of everyone at the event + facial recog software and facebook, we got everyone) and then send runners to help the technology non-savants with the hard deletes. It all worked out in the end though. Noone has a copy anymore.

  10. 10
    d.c.wilson

    Tantaros says jaw-dropping stupid things like that all the time.I’d go as far as saying she is the dumbest woman on Fox now that Palin is gone.

  11. 11
    Uncle Glenny

    slc1:

    Since Obama would never be caught dead using a politically incorrect term such as negro, it is obvious that he never made such a comment.

    See? He fooled you, too!

  12. 12
    Modusoperandi

    Uncle Glenny,
    *fist bump*

  13. 13
    dan4

    “…you’ve never heard Obama say anything encouraging violence against anyone in this country…”

    What about (during the 2008 campaign) “If they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun?”

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