Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Silence = Assent
We cats applaud Connecticut Congressman Jim Hines, who walked out of Paul Ryan's fake-y moment of silence for the Orlando shooting victims (leaving Ryan to face Hines's fellow Democrats, who were screaming furiously for new gun-control bills).
Ryan gaveled them down — but since Omar Mateen easily bought an AR-15 after being on the FBI's terrorist watch list, Ryan and Mitch McConnell might have to face up to the NRA this time. At least, we hope.
Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to extend a different yet equally hypocritical moment of silence from now until November. They're frantically trying not to react to the unhinged bombast of Donald Trump.
"I’m not going to be commenting on the presidential candidates today," McConnell said. "I don’t know that I really have a lot to say," added Trump running-mate-wannabe Bob Corker. "I have no interest in providing play-by-play color commentary," waffled the normally loquacious Rafael Cruz, Jr.
Can they keep this up for five months? It really doesn't matter. Because not speaking out is an endorsement of everything Trump says and everything he does.
Are they for him, or against him? Trying to retreat into cowardly silence means a definite "for." Keep asking, journalists. We cats HISS.