The line between right-wing trolling and violence is collapsing

The line between right-wing trolling and violence is collapsing

After the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday afternoon , right-wing trolls — many of whom are elected members of Congress — were ecstatic at this prime opportunity to trigger the liberals. Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Madison Cawthorne of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar of Arizona — all Republicans more interested in trolling than governance — made showily public offers of an internship to Rittenhouse . Cawthorne even took it to the next level, instructing his supporters to “be armed and dangerous.” Never one to be out-trolled, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia let loose with some truly unhinged tweets about “radical Marxists” who are trying to start “a race war,” proclaiming that “gun rights are the only thing holding back the Communist Revolution the Democrats are waging.” And on the Senate side, Ted Cruz of Texas attacked the “corrupt corporate media,” skillfully targeting the very people he needs to amplify his message and get that sweet trolling attention. Right-wing pundits joined in on all the gleeful trolling, as well. Ann Coulter tweeted a meme equating Rittenhouse with superheroes, and Donald Trump Jr., forever trying and failing at being a Twitter wit, wrote, “The Rittenhouse jury just gave Biden his second colonoscopy of the day.” Multiple right-wingers on social media wrote songs to honor Rittenhouse . On Friday, popular and trollish YouTuber Steven Crowder celebrated the verdict by insisting, “it’s so wrong that we teach young men that violence is immoral,” and encouraged viewers to follow in Rittenhouse’s […]

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