Hey, I thought National Review editor Rich Lowry was pro-life.

National Review Editor Rich Lowry said at a recent immigration forum in Washington, D.C., that some Republicans who champion the legalization of undocumented immigrants “should be shot” and “hanged.”

The forum took place Thursday at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.

Lowry said the Republican Party cannot claim to support American workers if they also advocate legalizing unskilled workers currently in the U.S. illegally.

The next time I hear a Republican strategist or Republican politician say that there are jobs that Americans won’t do,” Lowry said, “that person should be shot, he should be hanged, he should be wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the Potomac River.”

Hope none of those strategists are black…

Perhaps Lowry was a little perturbed because nationally syndicated columnist Gene Lyons had just taken note of his intellectual dishonesty in the Michael Mann defamation case:

[Mann’s] book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars constitutes not only a lucid explanation of his own work, but a vigorous defense of climate science against [fossil-fuel] industry-funded denialists. In a recent pleading filed in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the National Review argues that this makes him a public figure and fair game for abuse.

In a separate article, editor Rich Lowry alibied that ‘in common polemical usage, ‘fraudulent’ doesn’t mean honest-to-goodness criminal fraud. It means intellectually bogus and wrong.’

In short, accusing a respected scientist of faking data and comparing him to a child molester was just a colorful way of saying they disagree with his conclusions.

Actually, it’s possible that Lowry’s immigration remarks were borne of insomnia. After all, how can he possibly sleep at night?

UPDATE: More on the Mann defamation case from Daily Kos and Legal Planet.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.