The man who criticized the tone of our political discourse in the wake of the Arizona mass murders, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, is now feeling the full force of that politically motivated hate machine.
After calling for politicians and political commentators to tone down violent and hateful political rhetoric, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is now experiencing himself the force of right-wing hostility and rancor. Dupnik never suggested that the deeply disturbed shooter was directly influenced by political debate, but called into question the use of vicious rhetoric and violent imagery that has become all too commonplace in political discourse today. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country,” Dupnik said, “is getting to be outrageous.” After facing a preliminary assault yesterday, now Dupnik is facing an all-out barrage from the Right.
Dupnik is finding out that criticizing what the media talking heads do to rile up the troops and earn ratings will ensure that the wrath of their zombie armies is brought to bear against them.