Jesse T. Smith, a Democrat running for Congress from Alabama, issued a tweet Monday comparing Republicans to ISIS, the terrorist organization beheading children in Iraq, Buzzfeed said. AL.com said the timing of Smith's tweet will ensure it gets more attention, given the news that another journalist was beheaded.
"The greatest country on earth is being bullied from within," he said on Twitter. "Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than #ISIL." Predictably, his tweet sparked anger from a number of people.
"Right, @jt4congress2014, because last I checked GOP congressional members were slaughtering & beheading their 'enemies,'" one person said. "Are you serious???"
"You are clearly not ready to be a member of congress," another person said. "We need serious people to tackle ISIS and other problems."
"[W]ho did the Republicans behead in congress?" another person asked. "Wondering minds would like to know..."
Smith later clarified his comments on Facebook, and said he didn't mean to imply that Republicans are beheading people. He did, however, call republicans terrorists.
"Twitter does not allow for context, but this does," he wrote. "I am not saying that the republican party is beheading people in the streets, obviously. Here in America, because we are a civilized democracy, we do not use violence against each other as a means of control."
"The republicans (sic) have used the economy as a means to terrorize the people of this country. Raising interest on student loan rates, trying to privatize social security, passing tax cuts that only help the super wealthy, cutting the food stamp budget for the neediest of people. These are all examples of how the republican party is terrorizing the middle and lower classes of America."
He went on to claim that Republican lawmakers "have openly sabotaged business and worker relations just so a union would not form to help the workers (see VW plant in Tennessee)." He further claimed that Republicans are hurting Americans, even though GOP policies are not being implemented as they cannot get a vote in a Senate controlled by Harry Reid.
It's not the first time Democrats have compared Republicans to terrorists. In August 2011, for example, Vice President Joe Biden reportedly referred to Tea Party Republicans as "terrorists" in a two-hour closed-door meeting with other Democrats.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” one Pennsylvania Democrat said. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” According to reports, Biden agreed, but later tried to walk the comment back.
In February 2011, we first said that liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate. Liberal Democrats like Smith prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.