Desperation is in the air this election season. Democrat Dan McCready who is running for North Carolina’s 9th District House seat showed outrage that his Republican opponent, Dan Bishop, used a white supremacist slur in his ad. That horrific white supremacist word he used? The answer is: clown.
The Washington Free Beacon reported on the background of the entire fiasco. In April Bishop released an ad calling national Democratic figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders ‘crazy liberal clowns.’ Then an extended version was released earlier this week adding attacks on their policies including taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants and open borders. Little clown dolls bounced around in the add with the faces of AOC, Warren, Sanders and Pelosi, among other prominent Democrats.
Extreme left-wing website Daily Kos responded to the venomous word…clown…with an article titled “North Carolina Republican’s response to shootings: Embrace ‘clown’ slur pushed by white supremacists.” What? The leap it took to draw that conclusion is like crossing Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Here is their attempt at reasoning:
The clown line was not just a particularly lame joke. It turns out there’s a disturbing genesis. Jared Holt, one of the tireless folks at Right Wing Watch, reported in April that white supremacists have begun adopting a version of the infamous far-right ‘Pepe the Frog’ meme decked out in clown garb that they call ‘Honkler,’ to symbolize ‘their exasperation over an imagined state of collapse in the Western hemisphere that they largely blame on immigrants and minority groups…
I repeat…what? The “analysis” was reasonable enough for Bishop’s opponent, Dan McCready, who tweeted out the ridiculous dailykos article with the caption “My God, we are better than this.” You are correct, Mr. McCready; we are better than this! Your party, however, is not.