In one of the more absurd left-wing freakouts we’ve seen in recent months (and think about the ground THAT covers), the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart – filling in for Joy Reid on MSNBC – said that the cable network should go dark instead of showing viewers the “felonious couple” from St. Louis: The McCloskeys. The lawyers are set to speak at the Republican convention this week to make a point about cancel culture, overzealous liberal prosecutors, and the right of people to defend their lives and property. This would seem to be an extremely cogent point circa 2020, but of course Democrats think the McCloskeys had no right to bear arms on their own property.
Before getting to Capehart’s full remarks, it’s worth noting that while the McCloskeys have been charged by a blatantly-biased city attorney in St. Louis, they have not been convicted of a thing. Therefore, calling them “felonious” is inaccurate and slanderous. It is also worth noting that both the Missouri governor and the Missouri attorney general have condemned the charges.
“They’re being attacked, frankly, by a political process that’s really unfortunate,” said the governor, vowing to pardon the couple if they are convicted.
But feelings trump facts on MSNBC, as Capehart well knows.
Speaking to activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham (one of the more annoying names we’ve heard in quite some time), Capeheart said, “What does it say that the Republican National Convention is going to feature a felonious couple that was waving guns at peaceful protesters in front of their home? And then, you know, network executives are going to have to decide whether they’re actually going to show them, but what does it say that they’re even being given a platform?”
“Peaceful protesters” that broke down a gate and marched onto private, residential property and began shouting threats at the McCloskeys.
“It says that Donald Trump wants to give permission to the people who intend to harm us,” Cunningham said. “And the people who are doing that are now going to be held up as a paragon of American values. They are going to be held up as the very people that everyone watching the RNC who plans to vote for Donald Trump should be ready to emulate.
“And let’s connect the dots here,” she continued. “They’re not just going to be ready to emulate them between now and November. I am very, very worried about the fact that given all of the invalidating rhetoric that Donald Trump has used about this election, attempting to undermine results before we even get them, that he is readying his people for violent mutiny if the results don’t go his way.”
Someone listening to this without knowing anything about the original story would think that the McCloskeys armed themselves, hopped in a Hummer, and went trolling for trouble in the bad parts of St. Louis. “The people who intend to harm us”? Keep your anarchists the eff out of our neighborhoods and it won’t come to that!
Aw, damn, is that victim-blaming?