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Rep. Steve King, Douchebag

Now that the House of Representatives has passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Steve King (R-IA) has picked up on the right-wing meme that Shepard’s murder wasn’t a hate crime. Speaking to right-wing birther website Wing Nut Daily, King said:

And the Matthew Shepard case, there’s been a fair amount of information that came out that that really wasn’t the motivation of the people who killed him, but they did receive the maximum penalty under the law. (Emphasis Mine)

As I said when Virginia Foxx repeated this lie in April,

Since when do robbers target their victims for kidnapping, transport them to the middle of nowhere, and beat them to death? On what planet is this considered a logical sequence of events? In what dimension?!

Teh Wacky™ is a species of irrationalism spawned at the fringe. After metastasizing in the wingnut blogosphere for years, this particular (and particularly nasty) falsehood has finally met daylight thanks to Representative Foxx’s inept research. She, or an assistant, combed the echo chamber for a talking point and came up with an entirely fictional account of how Matthew Shepard died. Never mind the evidence, or the killers’ confessions…It wasn’t a hate crime because we say so. And as always, the invention gets used in pursuit of Cultural Warfare.

“Truth” is entirely relative to wingnuts. “Facts” are whatever they want them to be.

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  • Elizabeth

    Oh, Matt, I wish people stopped being so offensive to douchebags. A d-bag is an innocent and quite useful device. Comparing it to useless, congenital imbeciles is simply unfair. Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, those WORDS!!: lunatic, wacky, wingnut, nutcase, crazy, douchebag(har har!), imbecile, stupid, insane, white supremacist, bigot, fascist, nazi, hater, homophobe, sexist, and the always popular – racist! Words specifically designed to quickly shut down all rational, logical discussion. A not-so-clever smear tactic. Yes, it is "protected" speech. I think it was Joe Stalin that said that if you control the language – you control the people.

  • Matt Osborne

    Anonymous, people like Steve King spread fear and lies. They earn the ridicule and opprobrium laid on them. Racism, is racism, and racists are racists. If racists want to stop being called racists, then they need to stop BEING racists. The "logical rational" discussion ended when King spoke Teh Wacky™.

    I don't "control" language. I use my dictionary the way Webster intended. That's your real problem, Anonymous: you can't handle the truth.