Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.
Jay Townsend, the GOP spokesman who should be out of a job, right now, no questions about it.
Look, everyone who’s reasonable hoped that, after a serving lawmaker got shot in the head awhile back only because she was a serving lawmaker, folks who earn a living by making sounds with their mouths about politics, et cetera, would cool it with violent, incendiary rhetoric. No dice. And why, exactly, are Townsend’s remarks so seriously, terribly, blatantly incendiary? GlobalPost, just today, reported (emphasis mine):
Over 8,000 instances of violence against women were recorded in Pakistan last year, according to the Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights organization. Of those documented, 44 were acid attacks, many perpetrated by assailants on motorbikes who drove up to victims on the street and threw acid on their faces and bodies, sometimes burning the skin off to the point of melting bone. Other attacks took place inside homes and are categorized as domestic abuse. Throwing acid on women has become a common punishment for those who have insulted or dishonored their husbands in some way.”
And it simply can’t be a coincidence that Townsend chose to advocate this very specific form of oppressive violence without knowing it inflicts real harm on a lot of women. He knows acid attacks are common. He just doesn’t care. Which makes his “joke” not a joke at all. Did he make a public threat against lawmakers because they are women? I’m on the fence about whether or not his speech should even be legal. (via kfadich.tumblr.com)