A Call for Civility in the Wake of an Attack on a Democrat . . . by a Homeless Man Who Talks About Aliens
A Democrat state senator has her office firebombed, and implies that it was done because of Republican rhetoric:
On Wednesday, Davis used the incident to call for civility: We should “be careful about the type of rhetoric bandied about.”
We need “to stop demonizing (political opponents) … in a way that might incite these kinds of responses.”
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Davis was at her law office in downtown Fort Worth at the time.
She said that when she heard of the attack she thought of the January 2011 shootings in Arizona in which six people were killed and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded.
“It’s a sad but true fact of public service that we have to feel concerned sometimes for our personal safety,” Davis said. “But we can’t let that stop us.”
By the way, let me introduce you to the arsonist: a 40-year-old homeless dude who likes to rant about aliens:
A 40-year-old homeless man who spoke of aliens and twice visited state Sen. Wendy Davis’ offices demanding to see her returned Tuesday and tossed a paper bag filled with six Molotov cocktails against the outer door, sparking a small fire, police said Wednesday.
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Steele had visited Davis’ office Friday and again Monday, requesting to speak with the senator about a tazing incident that occurred in Michigan, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
He left behind part of a dead animal, “stating it was a new species and wanted the senator to see it,” the affidavit said.
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Before his arrest, Steele “spoke of an alien species” to officers and said he “had another piece of the alien in the rafter” of the vacant residence on Donnelly, the affidavit says.
It could not be more obvious that this fragile man was wound up by excessive Republican rhetoric about alien parts. I, for one, demand that Republicans stop making incendiary speeches about new species of animals and alien pieces in rafters — lest we have another tragedy like this one.
For shame, Republicans.
UPDATE: Thanks to Ag80, who noted this earlier this week.