Josh Hawley has made a name for himself since the Dipshit Insurrection. It’s not the sort of reputation that a United States Senator should want to have, but Hawley is the worst kind of extremist: a whiny entitled one.
Hawley wrote a piece for the New York Post in which he claimed to be a victim of cancel culture whatever the hell that is. Poor baby is upset because his home state papers, a major donor, and his mentor, former Senator Jack Danforth are appalled by his antics as are the seven senators who asked for an investigation into his conduct.
I’m not, however, going to quote his Murdoch Post op-ed but a 1995 piece that was unearthed by the Kansas City Star in which Hawley defended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh hence the featured image:
The Star reported that following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Hawley wrote a column for his hometown paper, The Lexington News, in which he warned against calling antigovernment militia members domestic terrorists.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the men who carried out the bombing that killed 168 people, had ties to the Michigan Militia, an antigovernment group dating back to the 1990s.
“Many of the people populating these movements are not radical, right-wing, pro-assault weapons freaks as they were originally stereotyped,” Hawley wrote of militia groups. “Dismissed by the media and treated with disdain by their elected leaders, these citizens come together and form groups that often draw more media fire as anti-government hate gatherings.”
He added: “Feeling alienated from their government and the rest of society, they often become disenchanted and slip into talks of ‘conspiracy theories’ about how the federal government is out to get them.”
Also in the column, Hawley said Mark Fuhrman, the Los Angeles police detective whose use of racial slurs became known during OJ Simpson’s trial, was being unfairly depicted as a racist.
“In this politically correct society, derogatory labels such as ‘racist’ are widely misused, and our ability to have open debate is eroding,” he wrote.
I’m tired of the Hawleys of the world defending the indefensible. Vague and generalized grievances against the government do not justify mass murder. That’s what Timothy McVeigh was: a mass murderer. The bomb was planted near the Murrah Federal Building’s daycare center. Of the 168 people murdered by McVeigh 19 were children.
The McVeigh case did not involve abstract intellectual notions as 16-year-old Hawley seemed to think. It involved slaughter, blood, and mayhem. It’s easy for some to excuse the writings of a callow high school kid. The problem is that he applies the same logic to the Dipshit Insurrection.
It’s not okay to incite a riot.
It’s not okay for a mob to attack the Capitol.
It’s not okay for Republicans to dismiss this violent insurrection as old news.
We should never let this go and never forget the events of January 6, 2021. It was the first time since the War of 1812 that our Capitol was breached. It was the first time the flag of slavery and treason was brought into the Capitol. None of that is okay.
I feel a meme coming on:
That, of course, stands for: IT’S OKAY IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN.
Perhaps a new acronym is in order for today’s Trumpified GOP: IOKIYAWS.
What’s that spell? IT’S OKAY IF YOU’RE A WHITE SUPREMACIST.
Not in my book.