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Monday, December 09, 2019

Why Aren’t Republicans Condemning Todd Kincannon’s Ridiculousness?

Todd Kincannon is worse than a nobody. He’s a troll.

For years he’s spent his spare time upsetting reasonable people into wasting time arguing with him on Twitter. When someone responds to him with the kind of vitriol he spews, he’ll encourage his 30,000+ followers to report his foil for spam.  Recently he’s been organizing conservatives to unite to prevent them being blocked by the same method.

Did I mention he’s a grown man?

And on Sunday night, he finally said something terrible enough to get him a little fame:

Sending out the most offensive tweet in the history of tweets during the biggest TV event of the year got him a lot of attention for two reasons: 1) It isn’t just amazingly homophobic and racist in a coarse, thuggish way that makes the worst high-school bully seem witty, and 2) He’s the former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party.

His unelected, administrative position in a party that has given us Jim DeMint and Joe “You Lie!” Wilson is just the smidgen of credibility he needed to associate his ridiculous comments with a party that is supposed to be reaching out to the non-Todd Kincannons of the world.

At first, being familiar with Kincannon’s boring brand of trollery, I thought it was better to ignore it.

But the man has, as they say, doubled down.

“The left has decided that Trayvon Martin was just this perfect little angel,” Kincannon told The Huffington Post. “He was a thug. He tweeted about drug use. This guy, he was a criminal, and the left has decided to make him some sort of martyr. That is what I don’t understand.”

So the argument is that because Trayvon Martin acted like a typical teenager of any race, he deserved to be shot for walking home from the store in a menacing manner?

It’s a non-sequitur designed to offend anyone who cared to be offended. But… the guy is claiming the GOP as his home. Are they claiming him?

I gave the GOP a pass when they met in a former slave plantation to discuss minority outreach. Our nation’s capital is named after a former slaveowner, after all.

But if the Republican Party doesn’t want to only speak for the Todd Kincannons, they need to speak up against Kincannon. It should be an easy thing to do. This isn’t Rush or Beck or a kingmaker of any sort. He’s just the personification of why people don’t trust the party of Lincoln.

“I stand for free speech and I stand for honest speech, and I think more people need to use it,” Kincannon said.

I agree. So Republicans of good will, consider this: Tuesday, February 5th would have been Trayvon Martin’s 18th birthday. Now it’s your turn to use your free speech and let Kincannon know that he should shut up.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Martin Family, File

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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