Among the idiots who bought the media’s narrative about what went down at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday was Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), who just happens to be the chairman of the House Budget Committee. About that appointment we should be gravely concerned, because Yarmuth is apparently an advocate for some extremely unconstitutional proposals, including one made Sunday that also showed he is a rube of the highest magnitude.
“I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on,” Yarmuth tweeted. “They seem to be poisoning young minds. The conduct we saw in this video is beyond appalling, but it didn’t happen in a vacuum. This is a direct result of the racist hatred displayed daily by the President of the United States who, sadly, some mistake for a role model.”
Mr. Yarmuth, a few things.
One, if you’re going to paraphrase Donald Trump, you might want to make it count. You used his “total and complete shutdown” phrase in an attempt to conflate this moment with Trump’s proposed Muslim ban from 2015. The difference, of course, is that Trump made that proposal in the wake of a heinous killing spree in San Bernardino that left 14 innocent people dead and 22 others seriously wounded. A killing spree carried out by two radical Muslims, one of whom hailed from Pakistan and both of whom had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. You, on the other hand, used this phrase to condemn a handful of white Christian teenagers who did absolutely nothing other than smile (we’ll even give you “smirk”) at a dude playing a drum in their face. Not quite the same.
Two, you say the “conduct we saw in this video is beyond appalling.” Either you have an extremely low barrier for “appalling” or you didn’t watch the video. Because the teens did nothing that even comes within the vicinity of appalling. Unless of course you think being white and wearing a Make America Great Again hat is appalling, which you apparently do.
Three, you might have wanted to take a moment and do some research before posting your tweet, seeing as how the media’s original narrative regarding this incident quickly turned out to be completely wrong, if not totally backwards.
Four, it is disturbing to see a prominent congressman call for a federal ban on a clothing item in utter violation of the First Amendment. Even if you were joking or “making a point,” you should be more careful with your words.
Alas, Yarmuth is one of many on the left who used this fake news story to show the world their true colors. Better to attack, doxx, and shame an innocent teenager than to bear the idea that maybe, just maybe, it’s OKAY for people to support President Trump. This was a shameful episode in modern American history all the way around.