Friday, December 26, 2014

Violent Rhetoric Examples: 2014

EXAMPLES AND ANALYSIS: 2014 Violent Rhetoric
“We’ve heard a lot about the president saying he’s going to unilaterally act on this question of an executive order for immigration. If he does that, that’s incendiary.”
-- Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), November 9, 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.

"Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this fucking balcony. … I'll break you in half, like a boy."
-- Rep. Michael Grimm, January 28, 2014, to Michael Scotto of cable channel NY1 News. Grimm was being interviewed by Scotto about the President's State of the Union speech when Scotto switched topics and asked Grimm about possible campaign finance violations that Grimm was being investigated for. Grimm left the interview and then came back to issue the above threat to Scotto.

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