May 21, 2013

First of all, you don't need to be Sigmund Freud to understand the kind of deep, twisted misogyny that leads to fantasies about shooting a powerful, accomplished woman in her private parts. I'd even go so far as to suggest that old Pete can only perform with women with the aid of a certain little blue pill. (After all, he didn't suggest shooting her in the knees.) Do men who have successful, loving relationships with women have fantasies like this? I'm guessing not.

There's no way you can convince me that Pete isn't trying to encourage his listeners to act as surrogates for the job he's too impotent to do himself. And while the legal responsibility for such cheerleading can be murky, most of us are ethically aware enough to see where the moral responsibility lies:

Extremist radio host Pete Santilli is defending and reiterating his inflammatory attacks on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, stating on his program that he wants "to shoot her in the vagina and let her suffer right before my eyes."

In a May 17 rant captured by Right Wing Watch, Santilli called for the Bush family and President Obama to be shot and for Clinton to be "shot in the vagina." The Secret Service told TPM Media that they would investigate Santilli's comments in order to "determine what a person's intent is when making comments like this."

SANTILLI: You need to understand that what I said was very clear. I didn't want Hillary Clinton to die. I want her to suffer painfully, right in front of me, after she's convicted for committing crimes against humanity. Tried for crimes against humanity. For drug trafficking, for killing human beings, anybody that opposes that is an idiot.

Now, the penalty for which I would volunteer to shoot her right in the vajayjay. I want her to remain alive, I don't even want the death penalty for that. I think my penalty is more lenient than the penalty for treason.

Santilli pushes whacked-out conspiracy theories like the claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was a "satanic sacrifice" and that the World Trade Center was brought down by a "high energy weapon." Despite all this, gun advocates like NRA board member Ted Nugent and Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt have appeared as guests on Santilli's program.

During a May 20 discussion with his guest, David Lory Vanderbeek, who argued that Clinton "should be executed" for "treason," Santilli reiterated his attack.

SANTILLI: I don't even want to disgrace this segment by referring to what I said on my show 'cause I say what I say and I think you already know that. We've already had discussions about that. I say what I say. But I'm going to tell you this: I was very specific in my commentary that's all over the press today in that regard -- that I don't want her to die. I've actually done something and said something that's less humane: I want her to suffer.

Whereas people like you, who are rational and logical and lawful and constitutional want to bring the death penalty to her by hanging for treason. I want the opposite: I want to shoot her in the vagina, and let her suffer right before my eyes on behalf of all of the people who have died at her hands.

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