Absurd: Hoekstra Continues to Compare GOP to Iranian Protesters

HOEKSTRA KEEPS DIGGING.... Rep. Pete Hoekstra's (R-Mich.) generated a fair amount of attention yesterday when he tweeted, "Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House."


It was, of course, a ridiculous thing to say, which in turn drew media attention and widespread online mockery.

Don't worry, though, Hoekstra's spokesperson can explain everything.

"Congressman Hoekstra did not compare the ongoing violence in Iran to when Democrats shut down the House chamber during the energy debate last summer," said spokesman Dave Yonkman. "The two situations do share the similarity of government leadership attempting to limit debate and deliberation, and the ability of new technologies to bypass their efforts and allow for direct communication. That's the only point that he was trying to make."

Hmm. Hoekstra wasn't comparing the two, he was just publicly noting the similarities the two situations share. It's good to have that cleared up.

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