In the wake the assault on Paul Pelosi, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes took time on the latter’s Tuesday show to ask “What the hell is wrong with these people.” “These people” referring to Republicans to highlight their “fetishization of violence,” which is MSNBC’s way of saying support for the Second Amendment in their campaign ads.
Mitchell began by crediting Sykes for the observation, “And Charlie, I just also want to shout out your piece, What the Hell is Wrong With These People, your Morning Shot on thebulwark.com. And I haven’t even raised the subject of some of the political ads where people are pulling out shotguns.”
The article contains no mention of ads with gun-wielding politicians, but Mitchell nevertheless continued, “You know, candidates, that the Republican head of the Republican campaign — Congressional Campaign Committee, in his re-election ad, pulling out guns and validating and exploiting violence in their ads against their opponents.”
Mitchell is referring to a tweet, not an ad, that as of Tuesday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports had less than 20,000 views, from Rep. Tom Emmer with a four second video with the caption, “Enjoyed exercising my Second Amendment rights with @KellyCooperAZ & General @JackBergman_MI1. 13 days to make history. Let’s #FirePelosi.”
That’s it. He didn’t shoot use a print out of Pelosi’s face as a target or even a piece of Democratic legislation. He didn’t say anything in the video. He simply tweeted “Fire Pelosi” while highlighting his support for the Second Amendment.
Using guns in ads is also something red state Democrats do to argue that they are a different sort of Democrat. The trend was so common in the last midterm that Business Insider ran a whole article on it.
— Alex Christy in MSNBC Asks ‘What the Hell Is Wrong With’ GOP, Alleges Violence Fetish
— Tom Emmer (@tomemmer) October 26, 2022