Speaking at the Netroots Nation conference on Friday, top National Association for the Advancement of Colored People official Hilary Shelton said that if Democrat senators go along with President Donald Trump on judicial nominees, liberals should “jack’em up,” according to the Daily Wire.
Shelton, head of the NAACP’s Washington, D.C. office, urged attendees to keep their senators in line behind the liberal agenda.
“Everybody should claim your two senators, whether you voted for them or not,” Shelton told the audience.
“They’re making a ton of cash being where they are and they’ll make a whole lot more money when they leave. Sometimes we may need to expedite them leaving so they can make that big money.
“But keep in mind, it’s only the Senate that is making decisions on these judicial (nominees),” Shelton continued.
“We have some Dems that quite frankly are very nervous; they are going for reelection; we also know the states they are going for reelection, statewide, are states that delivered things for Trump,” he said, a not-thinly-veiled threat against Democrat senators like Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin, among others.
“And the fear is that Trump will be able to gin them up. Well, let ’em know that Trump may be able to gin them up, but you can jack’em up if they don’t do the right thing on these issues,” Shelton said.
“They work for you, after all. You know what I’m saying?”
Shelton went on to say that he thought that “making it real for people, I think, will help make a big difference.” Presumably by jacking’em up, one can only assume.
Shelton would further state that attendees should make things for the GOP as “uncomfortable as you can possibly make it.”
Where to begin? Well, first off, this mines the same plausibly deniable threat of physical confrontation we’ve seen from others on the left recently, most notably Maxine Waters. Of course, this will be justified the same way all of this stuff has been justified — by the claim that incivility isn’t a high price to pay for making change.
Not that they would ever suggest that this incivility would unleash anger or end in people physically intimidating and harassing Republicans in public. Oh, no. They must have misunderstood.
It’s difficult to think of an instance in which “jack’em up” couldn’t necessarily be seen as a possible invocation to violence, particularly given the context in which it was spoken. This was, at the very least, an ill-considered remark, particularly given the climate of today.
Mr. Shelton owes legislators an apology. Yes, they should be accountable to the voters, but they also ought to be free from thinly veiled threats.
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