A Minnesota state representative with a notorious track record of offensive tweets has officially outdone himself.
Pat Garofalo has never been fond of the ideological left.
A career politician, the seven-term Republican representative has a time-honored history of fueling ideological warfare. In August 2014, he faced public scorn after firing unprovoked racist remarks at the National Basketball Association.
“Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime,” he posted. The tweet in question was deleted, and Garofalo was forced to apologize.
Recently, Garofalo found himself in hot water yet again. On Sunday, the anti-fascist group Antifa gathered in Portland to protest a pro-Trump conservative rally.
The situation turned violent after Antifa, whose confrontational approach has elicited condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike, began throwing projectiles at police, according to a Portland PD Twitter update.
Antifa is throwing irritant smoke and projectiles at police.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 10, 2017
After hearing the reports, Garofalo should have taken the high road. Hell, he could’ve ignored the situation entirely.
Instead, following in Trump’s footsteps, the spineless Twitter warrior unsheathed his keyboard and recommended disgusting inhumane action against protest groups.
News flash, Patty Boy: Fighting fire with fire is a stupid approach.
Government officials need to hold themselves to a higher standard. Disagreements with ideological counterparts are unavoidable, but ought to be addressed with civility.
That means respectful public discourse. It means presenting a counterpoint, rather than an attack.
It certainly doesn’t mean advocating violence and sexual assault upon your political foes.
What’s Happening Now:
In a sickening tweet posted Sunday, Garofalo addressed Porltand violence by outlining a three-step “effective rehabilitation” solution. His suggested method is so revolting, Hitler would’ve been offended.
“1) Arrest them 2) Hold them for 72 hrs before posting bail 3) Give them alone time with Bubba in Appalachia.#EffectiveRehabilition,” Garofalo tweeted.
He later deleted the tweet, but luckily the internet never forgets so we were able to get a screenshot.
For those of you that haven’t seen the 1972 thriller film “Deliverance,” Garofalo’s ‘Bubba’ reference is an overt rape joke.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long before this inflammatory tweet was deleted, too. But not before Twitter users flocked to Garofalo’s profile to voice their disdain.
Twitter user @WatchYourRepsMN, a watchdog account for Minnesota state representatives’ constituents, was quick to point out the outlandish prison rape reference.
Gotta love how prison rape is just tossed in there like some normal part of incarceration.
— WatchYourRepsMN (@WatchYourRepsMN) September 11, 2017
But instead of apologizing, Garofalo adopted a new method: deny, deny, deny.
Except I never said that. But the F in DFL has never stood for Facts. So you just go ahead and keep making stuff up.
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) September 11, 2017
Nice try, Pat. Read the comment chain — nobody’s stupid enough to believe that.
Under the Trump administration, it seems Garofalo has given himself the green light to be shamelessly inflammatory. Perhaps someone should’ve told him that in the U.S., we incarcerate those prone to violence, rather than inflict physical harm.
Or perhaps he should’ve been removed from office years ago.