As the pro-labor protests spread across the nation, right-wing frustration emerges in veiled Twitter threats and calls for counterprotesters to come bearing arms.
Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones tells the tale:
On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol building—something that didn't end up happening—one Twitter user sent out a chilling public response: "Use live ammunition."
From my own Twitter account, I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were "political enemies" and "thugs" who were "physically threatening legally elected officials." In response to such behavior, he said, "You're damned right I advocate deadly force." He later called me a "typical leftist," adding, "liberals hate police."
Only later did we realize that JCCentCom was a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana.
Um, wow. Read the whole post at Mojo for a sense of how over-the-top dangerous this guy's remarks were, and how he stands behind them wholeheartedly. It's been updated with a statement from the state attorney general's office saying they're reviewing his comments and will take 'appropriate personnel action.'
According to IndyStar he's been fired, which is worrisome, too. After all, this is a guy who clearly despises liberals with more than political passion. He thinks we ought to be shot with live ammunition for exercising our first amendment rights. I shudder to think what his next moves will be now that he's free to 'use live ammunition' without fear of losing his job.
From the Indiana Attorney General's office:
Today the Indiana Attorney General's Office announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox is no longer employed by this agency.
The Indiana Attorney General's Office conducted a thorough and expeditious review after "Mother Jones" magazine today published an article attributing private Twitter postings and private blog postings to Cox.
Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General's Office. We respect individuals' First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.
But Indiana isn't the only state with "patriots". In Atlanta, Freepers are calling for their members to attend the SEIU rallies planned for today with the "usual accoutrements". As the AJC reports, they're pretty specific while being non-specific:
“Members of the various Tea Party, 9/12, and other freedom-oriented folks in the Atlanta area will be assembling in the vicinity of Georgia State Capitol this coming Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm. We’ll be providing balance to the ravings of the passengers aboard the SEIU Thugbus, which is scheduled to vomit forth its stooges at that same place and time.
If you are within three hours drive of ATL, come join us.
Dan and others from RTC will be there, with the usual accoutrements. As always, each participant is responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws.
Rally point will be the corner of Trinity and Washington Streets in front of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Guide on the Gadsden flags. Rendezvous time no later than 3:45 pm local.
There appears to be some regulations re armed protests on the Washington Street side of the Capitol, so attendees are requested to be flexible in your attire. We will attempt (but no promises) to get some additional clarity regarding the situation and post it here prior to the show.
Take a stand.
Welcome to the New Right Wing. These groups have existed forever, as David and John wrote about in their book, but I can't recall a time where they've become as mainstream as they are now. If ever there was a reason to stand peacefully for people's rights, that time is now.