Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I can’t tell you how discouraging it was to go to my GOP congressman’s town hall yesterday, along with 1700 of my liberal friends. Being around that many progressives was nice (okay, maybe a hundred of them were conservative), but after two hours of Q&A with Congressman Tom McClintock I realized that we’re doomed.
The crowd was raucous and angry — rightly so. But at no time did anyone shout profanities, nor was there any sense that we were expressing anything but frustration and fear at what has been going on in this country since November.
Yet, after all the questions, and all of his endorsements of Trump’s policies (plus he’s a climate change denier to boot!), McClintock took the opportunity to speak to a little girl who had been chosen to ask the next question. Before she could open her mouth, he said, “I hope you don’t grow up to behave with the kind of hate we’ve seen here today.”
I paraphrase, since I was so agog that this kind of message was coming out of his pie hole.
If the opposition interprets anger and frustration as hate, then there is no hope. Expression of a different opinion, even if it’s vigorous, loud, and a little rowdy, is what political action is made of, so to paint us with that word is to try to delegitimize our positions. There’s no doubt in my mind he didn’t call the Tea Party town hallers full of hate in 2009. That’s a double standard, and it’s repellant.
I could go issue by issue and make your skin crawl with this man’s stances, but suffice to say that he has the Republican catechism memorized and he’s sticking to it. Meanwhile, anyone who disagrees with him is a hater, and anyone who wants to hold Trump to the standards of every other president is an anarchist.
The little girl, by the way, shook off the clod’s absurd remark and asked, “Can you just tell me why there needs to be a wall between our country and Mexico?”
He spouted the usual Trumpshit, and we all filed out with our heads hanging.