Stooping to school-yard taunts

STOOPING TO SCHOOL-YARD TAUNTS…. We haven’t had occasion to mock TV preacher Pat Robertson for a while, so let’s take this opportunity to highlight the televangelist’s comments yesterday about the DHS report on potentially violent right-wing extremists.

“It shows somebody down in the bowels of that organization is either a convinced left winger or somebody whose sexual orientation is somewhat in question. But it’s that kind of thing, somebody who doesn’t think that we should have abortion on demand, is labeled a terrorist! It’s outrageous!”

Really, Pat? That’s your on-air criticism? Is this really the best you can do?

We’ve seen quite a bit of silly criticism of the report this week, but Robertson’s might be the most inane of all. First, the Department of Homeland Security did not say opponents of abortion rights are terrorists. Second, the report was initiated and prepared by a Bush administration official, not a “convinced left winger.” (I’m also not quite sure what “convinced” means in this context.)

But I was especially amused that Robertson thinks the “sexual orientation” of federal officials responsible for the report is “somewhat in question.” In other words, Robertson doesn’t like a government report on radical extremists, so the report’s authors might be (cue scary music) gay.

This, of course, is consistent with the way a nine-year-old child might use “gay” and “bad” interchangeably.

How very sad.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.