There've been quite a few people drawing connections between this weekend's tragic attempted assassination of Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and the violent rhetoric that's been coming out of various rightwing fundie radio programs, TV shows, and politicos.
After the jump are three images and quotes from rightwing provocateurs. Let's compare and contrast. I'll let you draw your own conclusions...
"Turning these horrific events into an opportunity for a political attack is a very childish response to a very grown-up problem. This is not about winning a political blame game.
This tragedy should not be used as an opportunity to try and bend reality to retroactively place a madman on the other side of the aisle. It should be a time to pray for the victims and their families, a time that we can all come together and state that violence is off limits for all sides in a Republic. It's a time for us to state with a unified passion that we won't accept anyone who threatens or actually carries out violence."
-- Glenn Beck in an open letter to his fans and listeners
"There is no evidence that he listened to talk radio. There is no evidence he listened to Fox News. There is no evidence that he saw Sarah Palin's Facebook page. No evidence he saw her lame website with the crosshairs.
Loughner is obviously deranged, so where's the left's safety net? Haven't we spent trillions of dollars to build a system to catch these disturbed people? Where is the evidence that their compassion works?
Sad tragedies, where people die, are seen first as political opportunities by these people.
They're shutting down any opposition and criminalizing it. They've had a plan filed away in a drawer to take away as many of our political freedoms as they can. The Democrats just lost an election, and now the only other thing they can try to do is silence the opposition."
-- Rush Limbaugh during his radio show on Monday denying that the media had any role in the Arizona tragedy. Limbaugh's violent rhetoric against the government was spotlighted after the bombing in Oklahoma City.
(Image via BoxTurtleBulletin)
"I hate violence. I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence. Thanks for all you do to send the message of truth and love and God as the answer."
-- Sarah Palin in an e-mail sent to Glenn Beck after he defended Palin on air and suggested that she would be targeted by a leftwing radical.