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If I've ever seen a more egregious example of victim-blaming, i can't imagine where or when.

Raw Story:

One tea party leader says that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has herself to blame for getting shot in the head Saturday.

The Arizona congresswoman shouldn't have attended an event "in full view of the public" if she had security concerns, according to Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries.

I'm trying to think of something to say about this that isn't rated "R" and I just can't.

Once again, we see one of those people who loves to prattle about "personal responsibility" trying to put responsibility anywhere but where it actually belongs.

"It's political gamesmanship," he told the Guardian. "The real case is that she [Giffords] had no security whatsoever at this event. So if she lived under a constant fear of being targeted, if she lived under this constant fear of this rhetoric and hatred that was seething, why would she attend an event in full view of the public with no security whatsoever.

And as if that weren't enough:

Another tea party group in California has been using the tragedy to raise money.
In an e-mail to supporters this week, the Tea Party Express asked for donations.
"Instead of prayers for the victims and their families, the Left was consumed with using this massacre to score political points by blaming the tea party movement, Gov. Sarah Palin and now Rush Limbaugh," the e-mail said.
"That's why we've asked you for your support. Let's show the Left that instead of us being silenced, that there awful attacks on us will only backfire and that the tea party movement will be stronger than ever!"
"Please, make a contribution online right now to the Tea Party Express," the letter concluded.

And instead of prayers for the victims and their families, the tea party Express directly uses the events of Saturday as a direct means to raise money for their political apparatus.

While others on the right excoriate Bernie Sanders for merely MENTIONING the Tucson shootings in a fundraising letter.

The hypocrisy is staggering.

There is no hell deep enough, or hot enough, for these people.

Originally posted to Nest of kestrel9000 on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 09:07 AM PST.

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