“Prominent conservative media critic Dan Gainor has offered $100 to the first member of Congress who punches “smary [sic] idiot” Alan Grayson (D-Fl.) in the nose, reports Media Matters. When fellow conservative Jim Geraghty responded (via Twitter) that Gainor should offer that $100 to Grayon’s opponent instead of “financ[ing] violence,” Gainor tweeted that he was joking, although he would “love to see the video.”
The outburst was prompted by comments that Grayson made on the House floor last night regarding unemployment: namely, that Republican lawmakers are “taking food out of the mouths of children” and “trying to revive the America of desperate straits and cheap labor” by blocking the passage of legislation that would extend unemployment benefits. Gainor tweeted that Grayson is “a caricature of a Congressman,” in addition to offering cash for a physical assault on him.
Gainor is the vice president of the Media Research Center, a $6 million-a-year organization that has been praised by Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Newt Gingrich, and he is often cited, interviewed and otherwise taken very seriously by Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander.
But Grayson is not one to back down from a media brawl. He told HuffPost: “I think he’s overlooking something important: I punch back.””
I wonder how this is even acceptable (or if it is acceptable) to anybody. Sure, there have been people I wanted to punch in the face, or at least see a video of them being punched in the face, but I have never considered paying someone to punch them for me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a lot of money–at least not enough to burn by paying someone to inflict violence on someone else for me. What makes this whole thing even more preposterous is that this douche-hole Gainor essentially out a hit out on an ELECTED OFFICIAL. Sure, it’s not a death hit, but it is a hit nonetheless–literally in fact.
How can this guy get away with it? Is it because he said it “was just a joke?” So, we can make outlandish claims, or offers to people, but it’s okay as long as we say we’re joking? What are we twelve? This behavior is unacceptable and it boggles my mind that there hasn’t been more of an uproar concerning the bounty. And don’t kid yourselves, it IS a bounty, and it should not be allowed or accepted. Say what you want about Grayson, or any elected official for that matter–it is our constitutional right to do so–but don’t go around inciting violence and offering bounties on people.
Sure, right now it’s 100 dollars for a punch in the face, but it has the potential to escalate into something much worse and more dangerous, like 100 dollars to abduct someone to put a good scare in them, or whatever. The point is, the slope is slippery and actions like Mr. Douche-Hole Gainor’s just add grease to it, thereby making even more slippery and hard to navigate.
I truly hope that there are enough sensible Goppers out there (I know there are, I just wish they would come out of wherever it is that they are hiding) that see this despicable “joke” for what it is, a thinly veiled call for violence against a duly elected official.
Again, all I can really say is mind boggling.