Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a corrupt Trumpster, tried to attend a screening of the Mr. Rogers documentary in downtown Tampa this weekend and was jeered out of the theater:
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018
This comes on the heels of Sarah Huckabee Sanders being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant and DHS boss Kirstjen Nielsen and creepy presidential adviser Stephen Miller getting publicly shamed at two separate Mexican restaurants. Wingnuts are bellowing like ruptured cows about discrimination and lack of civility.
The newspaper biz would call that a “dog bites man” story. Of course the “Fuck Your Feelings” crew — who support a racist, sexist, xenophobic demagogue because they’re tired of “political correctness” — melt like extra-dainty snowflakes the minute they get a taste of their own medicine.
But non-wingnuts are aghast at the incivility of denying Sarah Huckabee Sanders a pan-seared pork chop too. Here are a couple of samples:
Kind of amazed and appalled by the number of folks on Left who applauded the expulsion of @PressSec and her family from a restaurant.
This, in the end, is a triumph for @realDonaldTrump vision of America:
Now we’re divided by red plates & blue plates!#sad
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 24, 2018
Cute play on the “red states, blue states” thing, huh? And below, Balloon Juice’s favorite Beltway reporter from the NYT retweets The Post’s anti-heckling editorial:
“Those who are insisting that we are in a special moment justifying incivility should think for a moment how many Americans might find their own special moment.” https://t.co/VtmMSPbVQ5
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 24, 2018
These smoking hot takes fail to take into account a few relevant factors. First, when our country is caging babies and toddlers, we’ve moved beyond the realm of political discussion. I’ve had this argument with my Trumpster relatives, who profess to be stunned by my refusal to “agree to disagree.” This isn’t Democrat vs. Republican anymore; it’s good vs. evil.
Second, what recourse do we have? An erratic, lying demagogue is remaking the country in his vile image, and the institutions that exist to check presidential behavior like rampant thievery, failure to protect democracy and open subversion of the rule of law have instead rolled over and piddled on their own bellies. So what the fuck else are we supposed to do?
And that brings me to the third thing the Tone Police are missing here: They’d best hope the reaction to Trump and his minions’ outrageous behavior remains as tame as denial of entrees and feature films. That’s actually a fairly mild response to an administration declaring itself above the law, crapping on the US Constitution and interning children.
Anyone who’s ever been a clinic escort, public gun control advocate, canvasser for Democratic candidates, identifiable as a liberal woman or minority online, etc., already knows what it’s like when wingnuts “find their own special moment.” I’ve lived in their “special moment” for all of my adult life and have been admonished to “respect their feelings” for decades.
Fuck their feelings, and fuck the tone police. If we don’t stand up to oppose an administration this destructive, we don’t deserve a democracy.
I still believe our best hope is to vote these pricks out of office, and I’m doing what I can to make that happen. But I’ll be damned if I’ll treat these authoritarian goons like patriotic Americans who just happen to hold different views.