Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District Rick Saccone is a desperate man.
Even his own party has seemed to turn on him as a “weak candidate” as it appears that he may lose — in a big way — to Union Democrat Conor Lamb in a district that went for Donald Trump in 2016 by 20 percentage points.
He can’t seem to stomach the idea that perhaps running as a “right to work” Republican in a place where union jobs are the backbone of the local economy isn’t such a great idea — and according to most recent reports, he doesn’t have much in the way of campaign skills in the first place, choosing to forego the door-to-door personal interaction crucial to races in such small districts.
But now Saccone has a different scapegoat for his almost-certain defeat Tuesday night at the polls: There are a lot of mean people online who say nasty stuff to him and probably hate America.
I personally detest when candidates — or even sitting politicians — go down the road of accusing the “other side” of hating the country. It’s one thing to disagree with policies or to have a different view of the economy or trade or immigration… But to say that because someone doesn’t hold your political point of view, it means they “hate America” is just a childish, irresponsible thing to do.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Rick’s up to. At a last-minute rally on Monday night with the highly-toxic Donald Trump, Jr., Saccone told the assembled crowd:
“I’ve talked to so many of these on the left. And they have a hatred for our president. I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country. My wife and I saw it again, they have a hatred for God.”
Then on Tuesday, after he cast his vote inside a local church, he bemoaned the meanies on the left to reporters gathered outside:
“A lot of people have come up to me, they see some of the vile comments I get on Twitter and Facebook, and people come up to me and tell me to take my religion and go away, all those kinds of things. Really, really hateful comments.”
Poor Ricky. We all feel very bad for you, and we’ll feel even worse for you when you retire as a victim of the Blue Wave.
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