“Because The Word ‘Muslim’ Was Used, The Mayor Called The Police.”

Actually I’m paraphrasing. Here’s the original sentence:

Scruggs said that because the word "protest" was used, she reported the situation to the Police Department.

“Scruggs” is Mayor Elaine Scruggs of Glendale, AZ.  The word “protest” was in an email from a local Tea Party activist, Annette McHugh. The Tea Party opposes plans for a taxpayer-subsidized $197 million stadium deal.  But that mundane issue quickly turned into something else:

[McHugh] emotionally told members that the mayor confronted them with an e-mail McHugh had sent to party members. The e-mail said the group might protest at Scruggs’ community town hall Tuesday, although she later said they would not.

“When we attend the Community Town Hall on March 15th, we will either be protesting her decision to go through with the Phoenix Coyote full-of-hockey deal outside the venue, or we will be inside the venue applauding if she has decided to stop the transaction,” McHugh said in the March 5 e-mail.

McHugh said the mayor on Wednesday "brought up the Tucson (shooting) incident because I said protest in the e-mail…She gave me the impression that we were radical nuts."

McHugh added: “She [Scruggs] was very defensive and didn’t let us talk for the first 20 minutes. She kept looking at me and saying, ‘Protest. You know what happened in Tucson? How many people were killed?’”

And then the Mayor called the cops.

Tea Party = Giffords shooting = protest = terrorist threat.  That’s how an elected official views her own citizens.  A pol like Scruggs would never, for example, treat a Muslim group this way.

How offensive, how intolerant and—the big “how”—how utterly stupid. Everyone knows by now that Jared Loughner had no connections to the Tea Party; was a big fan of Communism and Mein Kampf; and had a Satanist altar in his back yard at the time of the shooting. He was also (surprise!) insane.

Linking him to the Tea Party is a lie. Worse, all these folks did was use the word “protest.”  Has a Tea Party protest ever been as violent, destructive or criminal as the protests we’re seeing from government unions and the Left in Wisconsin?  But if Scott Walker called in the cops merely because of an email with the word “protest” in it (as opposed to the emails from liberals with actual death threats in them)—he would be denounced for his jackboot tactics.

Violent liberals are ignored, and peaceful Tea Partiers are smeared. It’s not new (I have an entire chapter on it in my book) but it’s still outrageous.

Michael Graham
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