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Watch: GOP Rep. Eric Cantor Accuses Dems of Fanning Flames of Violence by Discussing It


GOP Rep. Eric Cantor, in a press conference this morning, accused Democrats, who have received the majority of hate threats over the health care bill, of fanning the flames by publicly discussing the violence and threats that have been directed at them.

"It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain."


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  1. Then maybe stop inciting violence for political gain.

    Posted by: ERB | Mar 25, 2010 2:02:25 PM

  2. more #DADT.. be vewy, vewy quiet. I'm hunting Progressive Democrats!

    Posted by: I had a point | Mar 25, 2010 2:06:50 PM

  3. when minority leader john boehner suggests that another ohio congressman-a democrat-should stay out of certain parts of ohio because his life may be endangered, i really question just WHO is fanning the flames.

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 25, 2010 2:08:15 PM

  4. This guy's a world class douchebag on a par with michelle bachmann.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 25, 2010 2:10:36 PM

  5. The Republican party is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 25, 2010 2:13:03 PM

  6. shameless

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2010 2:13:49 PM

  7. To be fair, it does takes balls to call a press conference to condemn the shameless self-promotion of others.

    Posted by: Rodolfo | Mar 25, 2010 2:19:31 PM

  8. He's recieved threats(which I highly doubt) but are Dems and citizens of dem persuasion actively whipping up anger and hate with their speech? Answer that Cantor!

    Posted by: Lazlo | Mar 25, 2010 2:48:05 PM

  9. What.An.Ass-hat.

    This dick probably says if a woman accuses her rapist, she's acting irresponsibly and "fanning the flames".

    What he and other like-minded Republicans are really concerned about is the American public learning how ignorant and backwards a large percentage of their base is.

    They fanned the flames that got these sheep fired up, now they don't want attention called to it.

    Posted by: JCW | Mar 25, 2010 2:53:39 PM

  10. This is classic gamesmanship. Cantor is trying to preempt the accusation that Republicans have incited their base to violence with "Kill the Bill" rhetoric, by accusing Democrats themselves of inciting violence. So, when the logical conclusion of the fuse they've lighted explodes and some tea bagger kills a Democratic Congressman (God forbid), Republicans can claim political cover.

    Cantor is shameless, but his tactic is not new. If he were around then, I suppose he would say Jews in pre-war Germany incited violence against themselves by reporting that it was happening.

    One thing you have to give to the Republicans: they will use anything to get back in power.

    Posted by: XYZam | Mar 25, 2010 3:36:09 PM

  11. Yeah, Riiiiight!

    But using Repugnican's favorite Nut-Sack network, FAUX NEWS, to push the lie repetitively that all us Liberals are violent radicals who need to be arrested and waterboarded because we're supposed to be coming after their guns and religion...

    ...that ISN'T distorting the truth.

    Posted by: New jersey girl | Mar 25, 2010 9:08:07 PM

  12. So, instead of reprimanding those who terrorize, he reprimands those who speak against the terrorists.

    How American.

    Posted by: Vince S. | Mar 26, 2010 12:05:27 AM

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