In an October 14, 2013 column in Politico, Roger Simon made the following extraordinary statement.
Why should Ted Cruz (and Speaker Boehner) die for the good of America? Simon explains.
“Harsh? Look around you at what is happening to America and you will see harsh. I am not talking about closed parks and monuments. I am talking about the funds cut to nearly 9 million mothers and young children for food, breastfeeding support and infant formula.
“That is harsh. Making a war against babies is harsh. And for what? Because Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, has grown so drunk on the sound of his own voice and so besotted with illusions of his own grandeur that he believes halting government today will propel him into the White House tomorrow?”
Simon went on the note a single person totting a Confederate flag at a recent protest by military veterans and others against the closing of national monuments and to conclude that the protest was primarily motivated by racism against the president. He also spun a conspiracy theory about the government shutdown being concocted by the Koch brothers and more groups than have been accused of being involved in the Kennedy assassination.
Mind, no one has made any similar statements about President Obama and Senate Majority Harry Reid, whom many believe are the ones truly responsible for the government shutdown and are working hard to perpetuate it. Only Republican politicians deserve to die, in Simon’s considered opinion.
The Politico’s Roger Simon may be unembarrassed about fantasizing about the deaths of politicians he clearly hates, but another Roger Simon, who writes for Pajamas Media, was mortified, primarily because he has gotten angry mail confusing him with the other one. He noted that “AN OUTBREAK OF ROGER SIMONS appeared on Twitter today when the supposedly even-handed journalist Roger Simon of Politico, apparently off his meds, implied in a column that John Boehner and Ted Cruz should die for the good of the country. (Maybe he was confusing them with Hafez Assad.)” Then he had to explain that it wasn’t him, but that other guy.