In an article published Friday at the far-left Salon, Chauncey DeVega used the horrific terror attacks in Paris as a tool to bash the United States, American conservatives and GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson. He also used the attacks to lecture conservatives, claiming that rhetoric critical of liberal positions is “violent” and could cause the same kind of attack int e United States.
“In the United States, the right-wing media and movement conservatives have for decades consistently used eliminationist and other violent rhetoric to describe liberals, progressives and other people with whom they disagree,” he claimed. “As was seen in the recent attacks on a Charleston-area black church, and other violence by right-wing anti-government militias, such rhetoric does not float in the ether of the public discourse, harmless and unacknowledged. No, it does in fact lead to action.”
He wasn’t finished, however, and went on to provide what he said were examples of “violent” rhetoric from conservatives. He targeted Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, arguing that opposition to the radical Black Lives Matter movement amounts to violence.
“Ben Carson, in his designated role as a black conservative whose primary purpose is to disparage black Americans and to excuse-make for white racism, recently told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the black and brown students who are advocating for their full rights and respect at Yale University are ushering in ‘anarchy’ and ‘this is just raw emotion and people just being manipulated, I think in many of these cases, by outside forces who wish to create disturbances.’” Completely ignoring actual threats of violence from liberals, he demanded conservatives “moderate their rhetoric and abusive language accordingly.”
“Terrorism has been practiced in the United States,” he opined. “It was used by a Herrenvolk white settler society built upon the genocide of First Nations peoples and the enslavement of African-Americans to control, intimidate, and murder non-whites. The decades of Jim and Jane Crow white supremacy were also a form of State-sponsored terrorism as well. Political violence continues in the present where in too many of America’s communities, police and other security forces kill with impunity, force the black and brown poor into a state of “custodial citizenship”, and act in a thuggish and illegal way towards the country’s most vulnerable citizens.” He still wasn’t finished.
“Given the American right-wing’s casual habit of using violent language to describe their foes, and to gin up fear and anxiety among the movement conservative base, the Fox News’ right-wing echo chamber and its elites should be ashamed given the death and destruction that terrorism actually reaps in practice,” he added. Naturally, his over-the-top comments didn’t sit too well with many, who were angered by his attempt to politicize the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“They just can’t stop hating,” one person tweeted. “It’s not in their nature.”
“These people are well beyond mentally ill,” added blogger Doug Powers. “Not mentally ill,” one person said in response. “Evil. C’mon man.”
“Delete your account, your website, and all presence of your existence on the internet,” one Twitter user told Salon. DeVega responded to critics on Twitter by calling them “semi-literate Right-wing sewer dwellers” and “trolls.”
This is not the first time DeVega has engaged in this type of outlandish rhetoric. In 2011, for example, he engaged in a racist attack against Herman Cain and his supporters, calling the former GOP presidential candidate and others, “black garbage pail kids.”
In February 2011, we first said that liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate. Sadly, liberals like DeVega prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.