Ditto for a right-leaning freelance journalist (“rogue journalist” by her own lights) who has written, according to her Twitter bio, for the New York Observer, which is a respectable newspaper. (Yes, it was owned from 2006 until January of this year by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, but what of it?)
But let’s get down to cases. The journalist, Caitlin Johnstone, tweeted out an obscene and hostile message on Monday intended for Sen. John McCain . The senator was hospitalized last Friday with a blood clot above his left eye. Doctors have since stated that the clot, which was removed surgically, could be an indication of other, even more serious health problems.
Here are Caitlin Johnstone’s ill wishes:
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) July 17, 2017
An hour after the tweet (which is still up!) went live, Diana Orrock, whose own Twitter bio identifies her as constitutional conservative American and Nevada’s Republican National Committeewoman, seconded the emotion. She has since evidently deleted her tweet, though a screen grab of it remains (h/t Weasel Zippers):
Whatever you might think of John McCain’s politics — and frankly I’m no big fan myself — there is no place in reasonable discourse for this sort of noxious behavior.
Those who would criticize Democrats for their unseemly words and actions (yo!) should feel the same revulsion toward the sentiments penned by these women. Both represent what I’d like to think is the more adult and rational of the two major political parties in this country.
We — and I’m sure they — can do better.