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Hans A. von Spakovsky

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February 7, 2011 - 3:03 pm

The silence of liberals is sometimes just as revealing as what they say. What would be the reaction if protesters at a Tea Party rally were heard saying the following about Attorney General Eric Holder?

• He should be impeached and “put… back in the fields.”

• We should “cut off his toes one-by-one and feed them to him.”

• “I’m all about peace… but I would say torture” him.

• “String him up… and his wife, too.”

• “Hang him.”

Of course, none of these vile, racist and violent things were said about Eric Holder at a conservative political rally. But they were said at a liberal protest affiliated with a Common Cause-sponsored conference on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on January 30 in Rancho Mirage, California. This was captured on video by an independent journalist.

This has been well covered by conservative opinion and news websites – Bryan Preston posted the video on The Tatler last Thursday. But unlike what happened just a few weeks ago, information about this protest and what was said have not made it to the front pages of liberal media outlets. It has been more than a week since this information surfaced; yet there have been no loud calls denouncing such violent rhetoric from the Left. In fact, it has pretty much been ignored.

As Deneen Borelli of Project 21 correctly says, “calls for torture and lynching are not a matter of left and right – they are always wrong.” Bryan asked where the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP were. But I won’t hold my breath waiting for liberal websites to cover this or for organizations like the NAACP to denounce it, given the double standards they have long exhibited in their unfair and degrading criticisms of principled black conservatives like Justice Clarence Thomas.

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Justice Department. He is the coauthor of the book “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”.
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