GOP Fakes Threat, Hides from Voters, Is Shamed by Gabby Giffords
Ever since Republican members of Congress met with angry opposition at town halls from their constituents on issues like the Affordable Care Act, many have cowardly fled from meeting the people they represent face-to-face, opting for more controlled circumstances such as video conferencing instead. Worse, they cite the threat of bodily harm as a reason—as if they were never in danger before, but face some special threat now.
Louie Gohmert made the entirely specious claim that he must stop meeting his constituents because “violent strains of the leftist ideology,” whom he suggests are somehow “paid” by an unnamed source, “wreak havoc and threaten public safety,” thus exposing Gohmert to “being harmed or killed” if he dares to go to a town hall meeting. He claimed that he was warned by the House Sergeant at Arms about the imminent danger.
Aside from the completely made-up BS about paid leftist terrorists breathing down his neck, the warning came six years ago, after Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head—at an outdoors appearance, not a town hall where security could be much tighter.
Indeed, Giffords just came out and shamed Gohmert and those of like mind, saying: “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”
Gohmert, however, cited a recent incident where Republican “district staff members [were] knocked unconscious and hospitalized this past week after being overrun by a group intent on physical confrontation and disruption.”
Wow! That sounds violent! Multiple staff members overrun by a violent mob! Too bad he doesn’t provide a source or say anything more specific about the incident. Oh, wait! There are things called search engines! I think I’ll use one! I really want to know all about this orgy of sadistic violence committed by paid leftist thugs!
And here we go: 100 constituents of Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher visited his office to deliver Valentine’s Day cards urging him to hold a town hall meeting. Finding the door locked and no one responding, they started slipping the cards under the door. The door suddenly swung open, hitting a 2-year-old girl on the head, knocking her down. The door then swung shut again. The “activists” (their party affiliation or other identity is never established) then started to try to open the door, when one of them yanked it open—causing the staffer behind the door, Kathleen Staunton, to fall forward. She appeared unharmed, was helped back inside, and the doors were closed and locked.
Staunton apparently later fainted after the police had been called in; she declined an ambulance and instead went to the hospital in a friend’s car. So, probably twenty or thirty minutes after she fell down—from all indications, not even hitting her head against anything—this 71-year-old woman felt faint. Something that could have been just as much from exhaustion or excitement than anything else. However, the fainting part sounded great—especially when you can turn it into “she was knocked unconscious by thugs!”
Rohrabacher proceeded to portray it as exactly that, calling what happened “political thuggery,” claiming that a “mob” had “violently knocked down” his staffer, who was said to have been “knocked unconscious.” Mention of the 2-year-old getting hit in virtually the same way is omitted; instead of noting that Staunton accidentally hit the child on the head, they simply claim that the 71-year-old was just innocently trying to go to the restroom, apparently unaware of the sounds outside or the dozens of cards being slipped under the door.
And now we have others like Gohmert claiming that he can’t hold town halls any more because of violent mercenary left-wing thugs threatening to wreak havoc and physically assault people. After all, they did that just this week, when a paid mob overran a number of innocent Republican staffers!
Therefore, they can’t face their constituents to explain why they are stripping them of their health care.