Hold on. Wait. All right. I’m finished laughing. No, I’m not. Just wait.
That’s long enough. I need to finish this. Take a look at the image above. It’s a screen shot from my inbox yesterday. It’s an email I received from a source named “Trump News.” I assume from the name and from past history this is a politically conservative outlet. In fact, read the top line. It says, “The Top Conservative Topics Today.” I’m convinced. Read on.
The caption under the photo says, “POLL: Should The Virginia Gunman Who Shot a Senator Get LIFE in Prison?” The caption is a hyperlink that leads to a page that repeats the photo and the message plus: “Posted on June 15, 2017 Do you think that gunman who shot a Senator, as well as others, in Virginia should get life in prison?” And there are buttons to click to cast your vote in the poll.
And I can’t stop laughing.
Thomas Robertson, you posted this. What were you thinking. Consider two critical points:
- The person pictured is James T. Hodgkinson, who opened fire on a team of Republican lawmakers practicing for a baseball game. He was killed immediately by Capitol Police. He is not going to prison for life or for any length of time.
- James T. Hodgkinson did not shoot any senators.
People, when you set out to make a political statement, it works best if you sprinkle a few facts about. But don’t overdo it. That would make us suspicious.