Nothing will solidify your GOP bona fides like a congressional speech supporting lynching.
While most people consider lynching to be an archaic practice that bypasses the legitimate legal system for the meting of an instant and unilateral verdict with no chance of presenting witnesses in one’s own defense or higher appeal, there are — astonishingly for this day and age — Republican legislators who seem to admire and advocate for the practice.
Take, for instance, Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) who took the most inappropriate occasion possible, a House hearing on racist violence against Asian Americans, to imply that taking a rope and swinging it over the branches of a sturdy tree is a serious solution to achieve rough justice.
"There's old sayings in Texas about find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree. You know, we take justice very seriously, & we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys." — here's Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) glorifying lynchings during hearing on violence against Asian-Americans pic.twitter.com/uy5irfmJCo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 18, 2021
It’s extremely difficult to stretch one’s mind to the extent necessary to find any redeeming value in the words and ideas expressed by Rep. Roy, whose comments immediately drew harsh condemnation on social media.
If you’re telling a lynching story 10 weeks after a bunch of white people erect a gallows in front of the Capitol, you’re part of the problem.
— Tooey (@SueRic2) March 18, 2021
This is a prerequisite for having the '(R)' next to one's name nowadays.
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) March 18, 2021
And I'm even unsure who he means by the bad guys. Back then and back there, the rope and oak tree wasn't meant for white Americans.
— ᴀʀᴛ 🇺🇸 (@__Arthur_Dent__) March 18, 2021
The party of pro life
— PoliticalCupid (@PoliticalCupid) March 18, 2021
She’s my Senator and I’m so ashamed, Phuck that bitch
— CLMS555 (@clms555) March 18, 2021
Some elected officials are just soulless especially Chip Roy.
— Devin Cow's Brown Cousin (@cow_cousin) March 18, 2021
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) March 18, 2021
Who the hell are these people?!
Never heard anything like that in my life and I've been called a "race traitor" in the south.
— Angelo Angelli (@AngelliAngelo) March 18, 2021
He *is* one of the "bad guys." Received extra time off and additional pay no one else in the AG's office received (bc it was against regs and stole from taxpayers), to cover his income until his federal job started. Proved many times since then he's still a horrible person.
— jmhensley (@jmhensley3) March 18, 2021
A society that ceases to share common values — particularly over something as important as the importance of fair trials and the deplorability of extrajudicial executions — is a society in serious decline.
Unless people like Congressman Roy are repudiated and can longer hold their heads up in polite society as a consequence of their shameful behavior, America will never regain whatever greatness it once professed to have.
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