They just assumed the shooter was a conservative whipped up by conservative talk. They even named names. President Obama joined in, lecturing the nation on civil discourse.
Since then, of course, we learned that the congresswoman’s shooting had nothing to do with conservatives. Oops.
Meanwhile, real, undeniable left-wing hate speech has been well documented, if largely ignored by the liberal media.
And this week, a union official in South Carolina was caught on video slamming a piñata with Gov. Nikki Haley’s image on it.
“Wait till the face comes around and whack her!” another woman cheers on in the video, as the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, Donna Dewitt, hits the spinning piñata with a bat. “Give her another whack! Give her another whack!”
It was a rather sedate setting, the whacks weren’t overly violent and Dewitt insists it was all in good fun. But the video is ugly, nonetheless, particularly in light of the left’s calls for civility – and their warnings that even innocuous depictions or mentions of violence can inspire real acts of it.
Mercifully, the union’s national office denounced the piñata bashing, saying, “While it was meant as fun, there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. ... We do not believe that’s an appropriate joke – working people deserve a better conversation.”
Of course, the statement included the national office’s own swipe at Haley – and Dewitt was wholly unbowed by it all.
If you’ve ever seen far-left cable network MSNBC at night, you know what bile looks like. It’s a piñata bashing every night.
When is the left going to take its own misdirected advice on civility?