Apparently, Republicans haven’t learned a lesson from Laura Inghram and still think it’s acceptable to attack survivors of mass shootings. Paul Nehlen, a GOP congressional candidate from Wisconsin, decided it would be cute to mock both the Parkland students and yesterday’s shooting at YouTube headquarters.
Nehlen didn’t even waste time offering his bogus thoughts and prayers so he could keep up appearances. Instead, he chose to go straight to attacking victims of mass shootings on social media. Presumably, because making fun of kids who watched their friends die is now the great American past time for right-wingers.
Just hours after the YouTube shooting, Nehlen shared this disgusting meme on Facebook
The image Nehlen shared featured David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, two of the most outspoken survivors of the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students dead.
Nehlen’s abhorrent post shouldn’t really come as a surprise. On his website, he brags about being anti-immigration and donating “$50,000 worth of AR-15 rifles, body armor, night vision, drones, etc. to two Texas border county sheriff’s departments.”
His followers responded to his post by commenting with equally disturbing sentiments:
He doesn’t just like attacking victims of mass shootings though. Oh no. Why stop there? Nehlen’s Facebook page is a treasure trove of anti-immigrant propaganda and other bigoted rhetoric.
And just in case you weren’t convinced of just how terrible a person Nehlen really is, he posted this video at the end of March that should take away any doubts you might have.
Hopefully, America will respond to Nehlen the same way they responded to Inghram. Maybe then Republicans will learn that attacking traumatized children will simply not be tolerated. Although, to be honest, I’m not holding my breath while waiting for the GOP to realize their moral failings.
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