Hey, all you pundits who think “both sides” are equally to blame for the poisonous state of political discourse. Read this report from Raw Story‘s Travis Gettys and ask yourself if you could imagine the same sentiments being expressed in a warm-up speech for Barbara Boxer or Diane Feinstein:

A conservative blogger drew big laughs at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he suggested that Texans open fire on cars bearing California license plates.

“I’ve said this several times in Texas before and I’ve said it to Mr. Cruz as a representative of the Texas government, I’ve said it to Gov. (Rick) Perry directly, and now I’m going to say it to you as individual Texas citizens,” said Bill Whittle, a Fox News guest, Pajamas Media commentator and former National Review Online contributor….

“You will see a lot of cars coming west heading east on Interstate 10, and they’re going to have California license plates on them,” Whittle said, as the crowd begins to laugh. “Now, if you see these cars pull into rest areas or hotels or restaurants, that’s fine; wave goodbye, make sure they go out on the Louisiana end.”

“But if you see them pull off into residential areas, you need to open fire on these vehicles immediately,” Whittle said, as the crowd laughs appreciatively and applauds loudly. “Immediately. Not with 9mm or AR rounds; you need to put mortars on those things, you cannot take any chances.”

After the crowd quiets down, Whittle reminds them that he is from Los Angeles and says that Californians are trying desperately to move to Texas to enjoy its “awesome job opportunities, the incredible economy and the conservative government.”

“They will change it and mess it up,” Whittle said. “Don’t let that happen. Just start shooting.”

Whittle’s “joke” about shooting Californians actually goes on quite a bit longer, but you get the idea. It’s okay for these super-patriots to “joke” about fellow American citizens as scum worthy of execution. I feel certain they’d freak if the shoe was on the other foot, just as I’m sure all the talk about stockpiling arms to fight the government would be received differently if the proud proclaimer of “liberty” had a different ideology or skin color.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.