Anti-Muslim witch hunt expert Representative Steve King (R-IA) knows a Muslim activist when he sees one. And this is why he took it upon himself to do the classiest thing possible for an elected lawmaker — tweet out a cartoon of President Obama wearing a turban.
The Republican Party getting its crazy on (h/t Talking Points Memo who pointed out that the cartoonist has a history of “dodgy racial content” and this cartoon was published in TownHall on Thursday):
@NationalPrayerBreakfast POTUS' "Crusader" speech is now a much bigger Jihadi recruiting tool than Gitmo. A long2yrs. pic.twitter.com/JBFdN8cCaW
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 9, 2015
The President is asked in the cartoon, “When you say our country must never forget, are you referring to 9-11?”
And just like a liberal who relies upon facts and history to inform his opinions, the President answered, “No. The Crusades.”
Conservatives got their poutrage going in full gear after the President reminded them about the Crusades. Burning, torturing, fining, and imprisoning people (to paraphrase the Thomas Jefferson, another turban wearing Muslim apparently) only counts as evil when a Muslim does it, according to Republicans. This explains why they are so uninterested in the horrific violence white Americans enacted against African Americans in this country and can’t stop screaming at black people that racism is dead and they should shut up. Terrorism is only terrorism when it is aimed at white people. DUH.
Let us not forget that it was President Obama who got Osama bin Laden while the Republican President invaded a sovereign nation based upon a lie – a deliberate lie, not a conflation or misunderstanding of intelligence. But hee-haw y’all, TURBANS!
This is par for the course for the Bachmann-adjacent cray of the House of Representatives and Steve King, who is currently keeping an enemies list of Republicans who wronged him by distancing themselves from him after the tea party Republican accused DREAMers of being drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes” due to all of that pot smuggling he imagines immigrants do. (Speaker John Boehner called him an “a$$hole” for being so obvious about Republican racism — this stuff only works when it’s couched in language like “tax cuts” and “entitlements”!)
Sure, Republicans eventually weed them out when they get overly exposed as totally crazy and unethical, but that only happens after a few trips down McCarthy lane and a federal investigation or two. After all, what is more American that accusing other Americans of not following the state religion?
Well. Republicans believe the President is a Muslim — contrary to all evidence and fact — and this is bad because we judge Muslims on the basis of the extreme cases, but we do not apply the same logic to mass shooters or Christian extremists who bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors, because
LIFE. The sanctity of life. The sanctity of SOME people’s lives.
Just like the founders intended.
Chances are that if one must resort to an ism (racism, sexism, etc) to shut discussion down, one may not have a legitimate point. TURBANS! #2016GOP
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