McCain 'Categorically' Proud of Hateful Rally Attendees
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"Traitor!" "A terrorist!" "Off with his head!" "Bomb Obama!"
Those are just some of the hateful, bigoted, xenophobic, cries that have been spewed at McCain-Palin rallies in recent weeks. We can hear these cries loud and clear, and so can McCain, even though he chooses to ignore them. Until now, both he and his running mate have remained silent, providing tacit approval for a growing atmosphere of violence along the campaign trail.
Even when confronted directly about this damnable inflammatory rhetoric, McCain weasels his way out of any accountability. During last night's presidential debate, McCain said he was "categorically" proud of the people who attend his rallies. He looked twitchingly into the camera and lied, claiming he has always repudiated any "out of bounds remarks" made by Republicans. Except when his own Virginia state GOP chairman Jeffrey Frederick gave explicit directions to canvassers to link Obama with bin Laden. Except when someone referred to Obama at a Palin rally in Scranton, PA, by shouting "Kill him!" And except when the Sacramento County Republican Party likened Obama to bin Laden, telling people to " Waterboard Barack Obama."
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.