Fox News Promotes Crazy Ex-Congressman’s Unhinged, Islamophobic Rant

On a day that has seen two Fox News loudmouths suspended for using profanity on the air, and the leading Republican presidential candidate (yep, Donald Trump) propose banning all Muslims from entering the United States (an idea so repulsive that Dick Cheney (!) said it “goes against everything we stand for and believe in”), there is still another lowlife wingnut competing for recognition as asshole of the day.

Fox Nation Joe Walsh

Former Illinois representative Joe Walsh (R-Loon) is a world-class nutcase who has called for beheading members of the media. He posted a video on his Facebook page (see below) to express his dismay over something he thought he heard Attorney General Loretta Lynch say. The resulting tirade was a spectacularly deranged descent into rank Islamophobia. So obviously Fox News featured it on their community website, Fox Nation, so as to spread the hate to the biggest audience possible.

Walsh: You got a problem Loretta Lynch? Well this is for you and everybody else in this country who is trying to shut me up.

[This paranoid douchebag seriously believes that scads of people are trying to shut him up, when there probably aren’t a dozen who even know that he’s talking]

Walsh: You come out today and you say you’re going to prosecute Americans who use anti Muslim speech? That doesn’t happen in this country. I can say whatever I want about Christians, Jews or Muslims.

[Actually, Lynch never said anything like that. More on that point later]

Walsh: I think Islam has a real freaking problem, alright? There is a cancer in Islam, and if they’re not going to learn to assimilate, I don’t want them in this country. You got a problem, Loretta Lynch, with me saying that? Then throw me in jail. […] Well you know what? I hope that there is a backlash. There should be a backlash. I’m going to encourage a backlash. And do you know what Loretta Lynch? If that bothers you, prosecute me.

[And not only is Walsh paranoid and delusional, he’s bitterly racist. And he is not shy about advocating violence]

Now let’s take a look at what Lynch actually said:

Lynch: When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted. My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.

Notice that Walsh is trembling with anger at the thought that his God given right to hurl noxious insults at Muslims who have never harmed him might be infringed upon by the chief law enforcement officer of the land. He is absolutely furious that she would suggest something so un-American.

The only problem with Walsh’s bitchfest is that Lynch didn’t suggest anything of the kind. What she said plainly referred to “actions” not words. And in America, if you engage in violent actions that were incited by the sort of crackpot rhetoric that Walsh is dishing out, you can and will be prosecuted. It is also possible to be prosecuted if speech is deemed to have incited violence, but there has to an imminent threat and a direct causal association and intention. That’s much harder to prove.

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So Walsh’s howling harangue was a big waste of time and energy wherein he completely misunderstood what Lynch said. It accomplished nothing other than to reveal what an ignorant, racist dickwad he is. It’s also an ideal illustration of what President Obama was warning against in his speech last when he said…

“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death […] the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim. If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.”


4 thoughts on “Fox News Promotes Crazy Ex-Congressman’s Unhinged, Islamophobic Rant

  1. Anyone who is reasonably viewed as a bigger dick than Dick Cheney, is clearly qualified to be the republican nominee for president.

    And Joe Walsh–isn’t he a loser, too? Yeah, loser AND asshole.

  2. Loretta Lynch is the problem here. Actions are what matters, not speech.

    And the presidents statement about not turning against one another – he is one to talk. He is turning against the people of this country to “solve” his terrorism problem by blaming us for the violence because we have too many guns.

    I don’t hear any muslim communities speaking out against this violent “offshoot” of islam. We’re expected to speak out loudly how not all muslims are supportive of violence, but how about them speaking up a bit. I’m sure the average muslim is no different than anyone else in that they just want to live in peace with their neighbors in this country. But I’m not seeing any great outrage directed toward their violent relatives – isis is islamic so they can’t deny some relation. Maybe you need to wake up and see things for what they are – ie reality.

    • Congratulations. This is the stupidest comment you have ever posted here.

      1) Loretta Lynch was explicitly talking about actions. It is the first thing she said in the quote above. But somehow you managed to miss that, just like the idiot Walsh in his video.

      2) Because of your irrational hatred, you have invented some BS about Obama “blaming us for the violence.” That is wholly a product of your prejudiced, partisan imagination. And you’re using that delusion to complain about an honorable call to end bigotry and divisiveness? That’s disgusting.

      3) The fact that you haven’t heard Muslims passionately condemning violence is evidence of how your hate has blinded you to reality. Every major Muslim organization in the U.S., and around the world, has done so. They have been on
      TV (except for Fox) constantly repudiating ISIS and any other terrorist groups or individuals who pervert their faith with violent acts. The reason you haven’t seen their outrage is that your predisposition to hate them prevents you from seeing reality. And the reality is that Muslims have loudly, publicly, and repeatedly repudiated violence. They are the most frequent victims of groups like ISIS, and also the most engaged in the actual fighting against them.

      4) Finally, ISIS is only Islamic in the same way that the Planned Parenthood terrorist in Colorado Springs is Christian. Why aren’t you calling out all Christians for not condemning him?

      You know, Steve, you comment on this website more than any other visitor. I’ve often wondered what your motivations are since you are virulently opposed to me and my political philosophy. It seems from this comment that you may actually be a professional troll, paid to dispense bigotry and ignorance, and to disrupt the dialog (more often than not, you go completely off topic). But whether or not that’s the case, you have had zero impact on me or any of my readers. That makes you a high-grade loser – in addition to being an ignorant racist.

    • Sleeve in Yoke,
      You lost the internets today.

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