Terrible People

[Content Note: Racism; food insecurity.]

Rage seethe boil:
Republican Maryland state Delegate Patrick McDonough suggested this week that parents did not deserve to continue receiving food stamps if they refused to stop their children from protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

In audio obtain by First Look's Lee Fang, a caller on a Baltimore radio program asks McDonough why the government could not "take away benefits from families, from like the parents who are collecting welfare" if the protesters were "too young."

"That's an idea and that could be legislation," McDonough volunteers. "I think that you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?"
As if there aren't parents who are out protesting with their kids, because they are frightened and angry that their children might meet the same fate as Freddie Gray.

Republicans think people aren't entitled to food under the best of circumstances, so naturally any opportunity to take away food stamps is their happiest day. You'd think people who constantly jerk off about the Constitution would be aware that protest is a Constitutional right, and that even the suggestion that people be denied food for exercising that right is obscene.

McDonough went on to propose a "scientific study" to explore the mindset of "thug nation."
"These young people, they're violent, they're brutal, their mindset is dysfunctional to a point of being dangerous," he says. "We have got to study, investigate, and really look at what this is all about."
Violent, brutal, and dysfunctional to the point of being dangerous doesn't sound a lot like the protesters, but it sure as hell does sound a lot like the Baltimore Police.

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