The Squad. The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse. Whack Jobs. Regardless of the appellation of choice, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have become everyone’s favorite laughingstock of late – well, everyone outside the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
A gun store in North Carolina really got their collective goat with a billboard calling the whole squad a bunch of idiots. Say dumb things and get called dumb names – that seems fair enough. But progressives never do take the gibes well, and – lacking the brainpower to come up with any wittier quips – they fire back with accusations of some ism or phobia, or by equating words of mockery to violence. Sure enough, this sign declaring them idiots is apparently somehow a threat. Rep. Tlaib even called for the FBI to investigate this “violence” toward members of Congress!
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 2, 2019
The billboard in question displays a picture of each Squad member and the words “The 4 Horsemen Cometh” – but “Cometh” has a slash through it and the words “are Idiots” under it. Below the portraits is “Signed, the Deplorables” and “CHEROKEE GUNS 1 MILE ON RIGHT.”
Members of the Squad and their pals, of course, lost their minds.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib wondered via Twitter, “How the hell is this not inciting violence?” Well, Congresswoman, that’s quite simple. There’s no call to violent action on the sign. In fact, as more than one Twitter user commented, there’s no call to action at all. There isn’t a call to buy guns at that store, and even the “1 mile on the right” part doesn’t tell folks to exit.
If being called an idiot is Rep. Tlaib’s idea of violence, then what are we to think of her calling Trump a motherf****er shortly after taking office? Last I checked, committing violence against the POTUS gets you in hot water with the Secret Service.
Congresswoman Tlaib wasn’t the only Squad member both confused and infuriated by the signage. “Here’s your chance to finally do the right thing,” Ayanna Pressley tweeted to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). Ah, now there’s a call to action, finally! But what action, exactly? Even if the doctrine of incorporation didn’t extend the guarantee of free speech to protect from the states – or the FBI, for that matter – a strict reading of the First Amendment would still tie Rep. Meadows’ hands. You know, because he’s a member of Congress – that body that “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
We the people sure are lucky to have such enlightened constitutionalists protecting our rights in Congress.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence chimed in as well by calling the message “disgusting anti-government violent rhetoric” and blaming President Trump for such “racial rhetoric.” It’s dangerous, the group declares (with a whopping three exclamation marks, no less). While there is, once again, no call to action on the sign – never mind any anti-government violent action – the Coalition might have missed the point in another way. This nation was founded upon anti-government violence; whether that’s disgusting is entirely a matter of opinion.
The responses from the masses, as one might expect, are mixed. Many progressives jumped to defend the intelligence of the Squad and deliver confident – though entirely incorrect – explanations that, since a gun store is advertised on the sign, this is clearly a threat to the representatives’ lives. After all, if they’re the four horsemen of the apocalypse, then the end of the world is coming. And since this message comes from a gun store, it clearly encourages you to go buy guns so you can save the world by taking out these harbingers of doom.
So, how is the company behind the roadside trolling handling the pushback? They’ve branched out to bumper stickers. Come on down to the gun store, eat a piece of bacon, tell them you’re voting for Trump in 2020, and pick up your own limited edition sticker – no purchase necessary.