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The tide of dumbshittery continues to rise in the wake of the horrific shooting at Wednesday's Republican baseball practice, greatly aided by the carbon emissions of people like Trump White House Counselor and Minister of Alternative Facts Kellyanne Conway.
On Friday morning's “Fox and Friends,” Conway blamed the shooting on “personal attacks,” and with the self-awareness of a Commodore 64, called for "introspection" [emphasis added]:
You can't attack people personally in a way, and think that tragedies like this won't happen. By the way, look at the response from some in the public. You've got Martha McSally, congresswoman from Arizona. Claudia Tenney, Congresswoman from New York. Two women I know very well, and work with closely, they have been directly threatened since this happened, and as have others. That's very concerning to everyone.
We don't want to live in a police state because we can't get control of people's rhetoric. But this is a call for leaders to do more, and to speak directly to those. Look, this is also the natural by-product of, you have images of the president being shot in rapper's videos, being assassinated in a production there in New York City. The picture of a severed head. All of that is a toxic stew. Again, there is no one to blame but the shooter here, but the calls for tamping down also should be very, there should be some introspection there.
The clip drew immediate reaction on Twitter, best summed up by this shot from VoteVets, a 500,000-member veterans organization that has been blocked by Donald Trump:
The obvious point here is that Conway works for a man who is essentially a collection of personal attacks held together by a combover and a shitload of hairspray.
Slightly less obvious, though, is the fact that even where Conway has a point about specific examples of those attacks crossing the line into modeling political violence, Donald Trump still outshines them all. If I were Donald Trump, I would describe him as the Donald Trump of political incitement.
In fact, two Democratic candidates have recently dropped out of their respective races citing threats, including one who had something thrown at him while he was holding his toddler. Conway doesn't seem concerned about those threats or the “rhetoric” that may have incited them.
Worst of all, though, Conway — despite her outward numbness to reality — actually does know better. During the presidential campaign, she told “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski that “I need a shower” after shilling for Trump on the show.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough soap in the world to wash off the stink Trump has put on everyone his disastrous presidency has touched. Maybe try tomato juice.