Stop. Before Someone Gets Killed.
Stop it. Just cut it out.
As I write this, on Wednesday evening, it’s being reported by network news that the FBI has wrapped up its investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.
The final report should be issued today. An up or down vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court will most likely happen in the next day or so.
That should be the end of it.
It’s time to end the threats and intimidation of political opponents. End the “doxing” of elected office holders. Stop chasing public officials out of restaurants.
Someone is going to get hurt.
Wait. What am I saying? Several people - including Rep. Steve Scalise - have already been hurt. He was nearly killed when an insane Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on a baseball field in 2017 where GOP congress members and their staffers were practicing for a charity game.
That politically motivated mass shooting should have alarmed extremists on the left. Made them realize that their refusal to accept the results of an election may have caused an unhinged man to hunt down GOPers like deer.
Instead, troublemakers like Rep. Maxine Waters have been ginning up the bad behavior.
In June of this past year, for instance, Waters encouraged fellow travelers to harass members of the Trump administration.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out, and you create a crowd,” she urged. “You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Think about that for a moment. A member of congress telling members of the president’s cabinet that they’re not welcome ANYWHERE.
And with the arrest yesterday of 27-year-old Jackson Cosko, an aide to Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who’s charged with doxing GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, it’s clear that irrational behavior isn’t confined to anti-social fringe elements.
“Doxing” as it’s called, is a popular technique by hackers and cyber terrorists to reveal highly personal information about public figures, leaving their families exposed and vulnerable. .
Asked why he voted to confirm both of Bill Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late Sen. John McCain quipped: “Elections have consequences.”
They do. Vigilantism shouldn’t be part of those consequences.
So cut it out, crazies. Before someone gets killed.