Let me start by saying I voted for Obama. Not because I felt he was the best choice, but because he was the better choice based on his competitor. Mitt Romney was not a good choice. I’m a Republican (a moderate Republican, in particular – but that’s a totally different rant), and I wanted to see Mitt Romney get no where near the White House.
Having said that – hey, people that voted for either one had good reasons. I’ve had good, lively debates on both sides of the argument. Never once did I think “You know what? People should just punch Romney supporters in the face.”
But, on Fox News, that’s what we just got: Andrea Tantaros, in an interview on Fox, she said: “…a lot of people voted for him. And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor: punch them in the face.”
Really? You’re kidding right? Just just advocated violence against a political party on TV? She didn’t even just say it once as a passing comment – she actually said it a second time to clarify that she didn’t mean that you should punch President Obama in the face, just Obama supporters.
I understand there’s considerable tension between various political factions in the United States right now. And I understand that many reporters and commentators on politics have taken up the practice of saying the most bombastic things possible to get more viewers / readers / listeners. But advocating violence? There’s a line that no one should cross, and that was it.
And if she really wants to start punching Obama supporters in the face: just remember, quite a few of them would probably hit back, and there’s a good chance many of them are bigger than you.
So, I’m resurrecting a concept I once was toying with – though I’m naming it a little less bombastic than my original – and