Thursday, December 25, 2014

Demonizing Examples: 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz invoked strong language Wednesday to attack Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on women’s issues, saying the Republican “has given women the back of his hand.”

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality,” Wasserman Schultz said at a round-table discussion in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Florida Democratic representative continued, extending her comments to the GOP.

“What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch,” Wasserman Schultz said.
-- Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), September 3, 2014, as related in a story by Lucy McCalmont of Politico.

Comment: Wasserman Schultz's description of Walker is violent rhetoric. It is certainly false if it is literal. It's likely intended as metaphorical, or "comparing" rhetoric that nonetheless demonizes Walker.

"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."
-- Singer Ted Nugent, January 2014.

Comment: This is name-calling, much of it demonizing.

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