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“At a time when President Trump and other top U.S. officials have claimed — with little evidence — that leftist groups were fomenting violence, federal prosecutors have charged various supporters of a right-wing movement called the ‘boogaloo bois,’ with crimes related to plotting to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service facility, preparing to use explosives at a peaceful demonstration and killing a security officer at a federal courthouse.”
“Every time something like Montana happens, Republicans adjust their standards and put an emphasis on team loyalty. They normalize and accept previously unacceptable behavior.”
— Conservative former talk show host Charlie Sykes, quoted by the Washington Post.
“Of course not. It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”
— Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), quoted by the AP, when asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, following U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) assault on a reporter on the eve of a special election in Montana.
If I’ve got to measure everything I say, I mean, I’m not going to be politically correct. That was a joke. This was an audience for this. This is a Catholic Church.
— Mike Hogan, Duval County Florida Tax Collector and Jacksonville mayoral candidate. Hogan was referring to his comments in a public forum that Roe v. Wade was “an awful decision by an awful court” and that he would not personally bomb an abortion clinic, “but it may cross my mind.”