patrick mcdonough

Maryland lawmaker suggests no more food stamps for parents of protesting Baltimore teens

“Maryland state Del. Patrick McDonough (R-Baltimore County) entertained the idea this week of taking away food stamps from the parents of protesting youth in Baltimore.

In the radio clip from WCBM’s conservative Tom Marr Show — which First Look Media’s The Intercept first spotted — a caller asked the Republican delegate why the government can’t take welfare benefits away from the parents of Baltimore teens protesting in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

“That’s an idea and that could be legislation,” McDonough said. “I think that if you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?”

McDonough did, however, concede that such legislation is a “bit harsh” and would probably have a tough time getting passed in the Maryland legislature, both chambers of which have solid Democratic majorities.

“It’ll never get past the legislature because it seems a little bit harsh,” he continued. “But I think the principle that you’re talking about … there has got to be some way to connect to the lack of parenting.”

These sort of incendiary remarks from the conservative politician aren’t all too surprising. Back in 2012, he suggested the government send the Maryland State Police to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to control “roving mobs of black youths.”

When his colleagues pushed back, he said, according to the Baltimore Sun, that police told him crowds involved in the recent incidents there were all black. Not mentioning their race, he argued, would be “political correctness on steroids.”

McDonough doubled down on the “roving mobs” statement in his newsletter this week and said you “you never apologize for the truth.””

From his newsletter:

“Now in 2015, here we go again. A criminal riot, mostly generated by black youths using the excuse of the Freddie Gray incident as a premise for their reckless lawlessness, unfolded in full furry. Unlike Ferguson, where the excuse is white oppression that demanded violence, Baltimore has a large African American Leadership. Baltimore has a black mayor, states attorney, police chief, and a super majority of political power.

Once again, the Mayor’s misguided leadership restrained law enforcement and allowed the thugs to take control and destroy Baltimore’s image around the world. The problem of young thugs getting away with lawlessness in our area is nothing new. From a lack of discipline in the family and neighborhoods, plus swimming in an ocean of drugs, gangs and crime, generation after generation is consumed. “Thug Town” is not a geographical area but a mindset.”