A college professor in Arlington, Virginia, said Republicans should “be lined up and shot.” So is it any wonder that weeks later, a leftist gunman did just that?
John Griffin, a professor of animation at the Art Institute of Washington, slammed Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare in a furious Facebook post, where he said House Republicans should be shot, firing squad-style.
Lest anyone think he was joking, Griffin added: “That’s not hyperbole.” He then linked to a Washington Post story with a headline declaring: “Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable.”
Griffin ranted in another Facebook post: “Republicans are a f***ing joke and their voting block runs the gambit [sic] from monstrous to ignorant.” He has since deleted all his incriminating Facebook posts.
Last month a professor called for the public assassination of the GOP house
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 14, 2017
John Griffin joins a growing chorus of liberals calling for the assassinations of Republicans over their plans to repeal Obamacare.
On May 5 — the day after Griffin’s GOP death wish — unhinged Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald said he hoped every Republican who voted to repeal Obamacare would die.
Professor John Griffin later apologized on Facebook, using a veiled reference to mental illness as a cop-out for his inexcusable, violent rhetoric. Legally, claiming you have a mental illness can shield you from getting fired. As it is, the Art Institute of Washington has removed Griffin’s bio from its website.
“It’s been pointed out to me that language I had used in reference to the House of Representatives was inappropriate, especially from someone of my profession,” Griffin wrote in a since-deleted post. “This is true. It is inappropriate. And I apologize for using them. I have a pre-existing condition. One that, without the proper treatment, will eventually kill me. I regret my words. I regret the fear that stoked them. I ask for your forgiveness.”
Griffin joins a growing chorus of liberals dialing up the violent rhetoric preceding the shootings of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and three others at a baseball practice just outside Washington, D.C., on June 14.
The gunman, an unemployed 66-year-old house inspector named James T. Hodgkinson, was shot to death by police during his rampage. Social media posts reveal Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders volunteer who hated President Trump and all Republicans.
Twitter recalled that leftist calls for violence against Trump and all conservatives have amped up exponentially in recent months. So it is any wonder that someone eventually acted on the rhetorical suggestions?
I wonder where the shooter got the idea to violently attack GOP…
Rep. Mike Bishop
Congressional Baseball Game pic.twitter.com/utKSwIHEsQ
— Mr. N (@Mr_Nielsen_5309) June 14, 2017
— Stacy Herbert (@stacyherbert) June 14, 2017
What no one is saying about the shooter: he was also radicalized by Russian propaganda and a narrative of hating Clinton.
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) June 15, 2017
Islamists and leftists are responsible for the vast majority of violence. pic.twitter.com/uOEkib0mTg
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 15, 2017
— Betty Williams (@BettyWi11396930) June 15, 2017
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