Republicans are afraid of Breitbart, Hannity, and tweets. That’s how the GOP is being kept in line.
I’ve received a lot of hate mail in the past decade. My email inbox gets inundated any time I publish an article that people don’t like. My email isn’t public, but when some of these nut jobs read something on Huffington Post or Liberals Unite, they turn into Sherlock Holmes and manage to track down my personal address and shoot off an email to tell me that I’m an idiot, “a liberal retard,” and that I should die.
One lovely Christian woman once sent me an email to tell me that she thought that I should be water boarded and hoped that my entire family got raped and murdered, slowly. I’ve received a similar threat from a cop who lives two towns away. I’ve had people create fake profiles and stalk me on Facebook, leaving me a private message on my page and I’ve had all manner of vile insults directed at my intelligence, facial features, religion, and genitalia in article comments.
After a few years, I got used to it. You do learn to live with it, and you continue to do your job. Another article gets published and another slew of insults spring to life – the cycle repeats endlessly.
I have to admit that there were times when threats did give me pause. There’s always that email, comment, or private message that makes you sweat just a little bit more than the others.
Today the Republican Representative from South Carolina, Mark Sanford, said this to Mother Jones about the GOP fear of going against Trump and his minions:
Nobody wants to go first. People are naturally reticent to be the first out of the block for fear of Sean Hannity, for fear of Breitbart, for fear of local folks.
And this was after he had received nasty phone calls, letters, and tweets in response to an op-ed in The New York Times, calling on Trump to release his tax returns.
The threats from Trump and the campaign aren’t about slashed tires, bricks through windows, and broken kneecaps. Nope, these spineless republicans are afraid of tiny little orange fingers tweeting something disparaging about them.
They’re afraid of Breitbart, Hannity, and tweets. That’s how the GOP is kept in line.
Rachel Bade from Politico wrote this about what’s causing the GOP to cower in the dark:
Since the election, numerous congressional Republicans have refused to publicly weigh in on any Trump proposal at odds with Republican orthodoxy, from his border wall to his massive infrastructure package. The most common reason, stated repeatedly but always privately: They’re afraid of being attacked by Breitbart or other big-name Trump supporters.
That’s what they’re afraid of. That’s what keeps them locked in their offices. They’re afraid to oppose Trump because of his 3 AM tweets. Think about that the next time you vote.
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