Did you vote for President Donald Trump? Did you know that you’re an unhappy, uneducated alcoholic who’s possibly going to die early from an overdose or liver disease? And that you voted for a Nazi?
That’s at least the takeaway from a speech from Rep. Hank Johnson, the Democrat from Georgia’s 4th District. He gave the speech at an NAACP event last week honoring the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation’s implementation, according to The Daily Caller.
His opinion of Trump voters wasn’t, well, very high.
If you support Trump, he says, you’re likely “older, less educated, less prosperous” and “dying early.”
And what are you dying from, you might ask?
“Alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair,” per Rep. Johnson.
Oh, and the president is also Literally Hitler™.
“Much like Hitler took over the Nazi Party, Trump has taken over the Republican Party,” Rep. Johnson said. “It’s now known as the Trump Republican Party.”
“Americans, particularly black Americans, can’t afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump,” Johnson said.
“Hitler was accepting of violence towards the achievement of political objectives.”
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw had a little something to say about this.
Stop insulting Americans just because they vote for someone you don’t like. pic.twitter.com/8wrP3ybtPe
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 6, 2019
“OK, Mr. Johnson, President Trump is a lot of things but he’s not Hitler,” Crenshaw said in a Twitter video.
“He didn’t kill millions of people. He didn’t start a world war. He doesn’t have any concentration camps.”
But beyond that, Crenshaw took exception with Johnson’s characterization of Trump voters.
“But if you want to insult President Trump, at least you’re picking on somebody your own size. At least you’re picking on somebody who can fight back,” he said.
“But you went on to insult, degrade and demean tens of millions of Americans who voted for him. To call them drug-addicted, uneducated and unhappy alcoholics — this is a cowardly form of politics.
“These people are exercising their right and their voice the only way they can, which is through their vote,” he continued.
“They don’t have a TV show. They don’t have a radio show. They don’t have a weekly column or big social media following.
“They have a vote. And you use your public platform to insult and demean them. This is not the behavior we expect from a member of Congress.
“So I’ll leave you with this: Pick on somebody your own size,” he concluded. “Pick on me if you’d like. My office will be right down the hall from yours. I’ll see you in Washington.”
Well, that’s one way to throw down the gauntlet.
Of course, this is probably going to backfire. Already, Johnson is being called out on social media for it.
Cong. Johnson’s comparison of @POTUS to Hitler is dangerous, disgusting & shows a shocking level of ignorance about the Holocaust. No one should ever exploit (for political messaging or otherwise) the 6 million Jews slaughtered during the Holocaust. https://t.co/8PbLahg2nw
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) January 3, 2019
When Trump supporters are called “deplorables or fools or the dregs of society,” that ends up getting them to the polls.
Hank Johnson didn’t win any new supporters to the Democrats with his speech.
In fact, he probably lost a lot of working-class voters who are wondering whether there’s still space for them on the left.
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