What is it with Republicans telling utterly tasteless, often appalling "jokes"?
Often, "humor" is nothing more than an excuse for some racist or misogynistic bottom feeder to express his hostility and then excuse it by saying it was just in good fun.
The most recent "joke" happened at a Massachusetts Republican Party St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and was "met with scattered laughter". Why it even got that response is beyond comprehension. Via Blue Mass Group:
Among the speakers was the Sheriff of Plymouth County, Joe McDonald. He did venture into the tasteless. Here’s what he thought was funny - a joke about assassinating President Obama. ...
McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.”
Apparently, Sheriff Joe (what is it with vile Republicans named Joe?) thinks nothing of suggesting that President Obama should be assassinated. What do you want to bet this idiot calls himself "pro-life"?
After getting criticized for his sharp wit and flawless judgment, Think Progress is reporting that he's doubling down. Not only is he standing by what he said, he's justifying it by claiming that the joke is 150 years old... and then compared his critics to Nazis:
“The irony of it is, it’s perfectly OK for them [liberals] to make those jokes about President Bush or someone from the other side of the aisle. I can imagine what some of this place comes from not 2013 United States, it’s more like Nazi Germany in 1938.” [...]
“The basic concept of it has been around since the Andrew Johnson administration..."
See, if a joke has been around long enough, it stops being offensive. Who knew?
Think Progress noted, "as a public safety official who has taken an oath of office, he is held to a higher standard that some unnamed liberals or political activists of the 1860s."
That would work out better if Sheriff Joe held himself to any standards to begin with.
More details here.