We’ve heard a lot about “incendiary rhetoric” from Republicans and pro-lifers being responsible for inspiring last week’s fatal shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. We’ve even seen at least one tweet asking when presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is going to be arrested for her part in the shooting; that is, by making her remarks at the first GOP debate in which she dared Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to view the undercover Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.
Speaking of incendiary rhetoric, one message in today’s dump of State Department emails ironically refers to controversial remarks about abortion by Republican candidates and concludes, “This fire needs gas.”
The email, sent from Sidney Blumenthal to “H” (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), included several recommendations to capitalize on remarks by Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock regarding rape and pregnancy, which Blumenthal’s email refers to as “Republican rape rage.” (In the meantime, the GOP practically begged Akin to drop out of the race.)
Blumenthal called for more Dem msgng on "Republican rape rage;" Hillary said she agreed w/strategy (w/Cher cameo!) pic.twitter.com/g96YeYJRXL
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) November 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton replied that she agreed with Blumenthal’s strategy, which included having Vice President Joe Biden “raise his decibel level” and have Cher film an ad. Remember that dangerous incendiary rhetoric? Cher tweeted more that once about Akin, saying it would be “karma” if he were to “get raped by man with HIV/AIDS.”