The politicization of violence in our nation seemingly knows no bounds this week, after a tragic and unforgivable series of actions in Ohio and in Texas.
Mass shootings like the ones that we experienced this weekend have long been fodder for progressive politicians. They see these senseless tragedies as rungs on the ladder that will lead them to the abolishment of the Second Amendment, and they ignore the human cost of their exploitation.
These are still gaping wounds in our psyche, and will be for some time still. Grief is a process; a path that must be travelled in its entirety, with no shortcuts to be used.
With these tragedies still fresh in our minds, and with politics being a possible motivator in at least one instance, it should come as no surprise that imagery suggesting violence against politicians would draw extra criticism in the coming days.
Mitch McConnell is learning this one the hard way.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is facing criticism from his Democraticchallenger after his campaign tweeted a photo Saturday of tombstone-shaped signs displaying her name and those of other Democrats with a death date listed as the 2020 election.
It certainly wasn’t a good look for Mitch.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) August 3, 2019
Among the five tombstones shown were one featuring the name of McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath, that read “R.I.P. Amy McGrath November 3, 2020.”
Another displayed the name of Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee of former President Barack Obama. His nomination was blocked by McConnell, leaving the seat open for President Trump to nominate a conservative justice.
Others display the words “Socialism” and the “Green New Deal,” the ambitious climate change plan put forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The poor timing aside, perhaps it’s time to leave this sort of morbid imagery out of the electoral process.
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