If at some point these extremist Republicans are actually called out on their rhetoric of violence, they either deny doing it or say it was a joke. The problem is that, if indeed these are jokes, they have real consequences. We should really wonder why Republicans find the idea of killing people they disagree with so funny. As we well know, jokes are also often a cover for aggression, derision and disdain. Death threat jokes like Eastwood’s and Palin’s are clearly a sign of not-so-repressed desires for violence.
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