During an off-camera news conference on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about discrepancy.
“Obviously [Griffin’s] conduct has been widely condemned, and it’s not a partisan thing to say joking about violence toward the president is unacceptable,” a reporter said. “But on that note, I wanted to ask about Ted Nugent, who joked multiple times about assassinating President Barack Obama, who said Hillary Clinton should be hanged. He was invited to the White House for dinner by President Trump. Do you believe that was appropriate? And if Trump is offended by this incident, why was he not bothered by all of Mr. Nugent’s comments?”
Spicer had no answers.
I have an answer:
The right wingers have no problem with images of violence or degradation so long as those images are directed at Democrats. Period.
MAY 31, 2017 POST:
A right wing troll came to P.E. and wanted to know WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE OVER WHAT KATHY GRIFFIN DID?!!!!!!1111!!!
I don't like what she did. IMO it wasn't funny, it wasn't making a statement. It was WRONG!
But the right wing troll forgets that the man Griffin made a joke -- a "locker room joke?" -- over is the same man who for five long unfunny years questioned President Obama's citizenship and his legitimacy as president.
That wasn't funny either.
Also things that weren't funny during President Obama's administration were the photos of him with a noose around his neck; the photos of Mr. Obama being burned in effigy; the photos of his wife and children portrayed as apes; the name calling; calling Mrs. Obama a man; and even right wing bloggers condoning their commenters' call for assassinating President Obama.
The hate mongers on the right made this sort of sickening "joke" acceptable; and now that certain elements on the left are mimicking what they did for the 8 years President Obama was in office, they're angry.
Below are just a few of the images the right wingers thought were perfectly acceptable to send around in emails and on the internet when Mr. Obama was president. No right winger came running to my blog screeching about any of them.
So which is more OUTRAGEOUS? Burning an effigy of Mr. Obama while it hangs from a noose? Or Kathy Griffin imitating Perseus holding the head of Medusa?
No one spoke up for the past 8 years when people publicized tasteless demonstrations of hatred toward Mr. Obama, so the right tacitly accepted it all.
Ted Nugent was recently warmly welcomed to Trump's White House as an honored guest.
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their [the Obama administration’s] heads off in November,”
Nugent said at the time. He added, “If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Trump addressed Nugent’s comments directly. But rather than saying the musician should be “ashamed” of himself, as he said of Griffin, Trump declared that Nugent demonstrated “the anger people have towards” then–President Obama, even if his “figure of speech” was a bit “unfortunate.”