Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher assessed that Republicans have become “ridden with pedophilia” in “a very short time”, noting that GOP lawmakers now routinely accuse Democrats and other opponents of being pedophiles.
Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green last week called the Democrats a “party of pedophiles.” Ron DeSantis, a spokesman for Florida’s GOP governor, said on Twitter last month that anyone who opposed the state’s controversial anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” bill was “probably a groomer” — a term used in a Older person who uses minors for sexual exploitation. exploit them.
The allegations resonate with the bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory, which argues that Democrats and Hollywood elites sexually abuse children in satanic rituals in their quest to control the world. Many Republicans, and especially supporters of former President Donald Trump, believe the QAnon to be at least somewhat accurate.
“Maybe it’s not the most important issue in America, but I can’t just shrug it off like a car accident,” Maher said on his HBO show Friday night. Real Time With Bill Mahere, “It seems that in a very short period of time, Republicans have become obsessed with pedophilia. And I remember when pedophilia was like the worst thing you could ever do to call someone a pedophile. And now it’s casually thrown by senators.” given,” he said, holding back an incredulous chuckle.
The comedian asked, “What happened to my good friend from across the aisle?” “Now it’s a ‘pedophile’? It’s coming from QAnon, isn’t it? I mean, it was only a few years ago that we were making fun of QAnon like it was such a fringe thing. I pretended I was Q was- I mean I really am,” quipped Maher in a blink of an eye towards the camera.
Pedophile charges against Democrats came to the fore during the Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was confirmed Thursday as the nation’s first black female Supreme Court justice, with the support of all Democrats and three Republicans. Among those GOP senators were Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
Prior to Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearing, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley alleged that the judge was soft on child porn offenders—exposing multiple cases and the sentences they served. However, legal experts, including some prominent conservatives, rejected the assessment, pointing out that his sentence was in line with standards that judges routinely follow.
Still, several Republican lawmakers jumped behind Hawley’s allegations in an apparent attempt to project Judge Jackson as soft on the pedophile. “The Senate should dismiss Judge Jackson for his mild-mannered pedophile record,” GOP Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado tweeted on March 31. Green also attacked Romney, Murkowski and Collins last week, saying they were “pro-pedophile” for the support. Judge’s confirmation.
The Republican National Committee research account tweeted on March 21, including a clip of Hawley, “Must watch: Senator @hollymo walks through seven cases where Ketanji Brown Jackson was liberal on pedophiles, given sentences that fell far below federal guidelines.” were.”
polling conducted by In March of last year the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Corps showed that 15 percent of Americans believe that “the government, media, and financial world in America is controlled by a group of devil-worshipping pedophiles who dominate the global community.” Child sex trafficking operations run.” Among Republicans, nearly a quarter (23 percent) said they hold that belief.
Survey results released by the Pew Research Center in November 2020 showed that 41 percent of Republicans say QAnon principles are good for the country, 32 percent said they’re somewhat good while 9 percent said they’re very good. Huh. An October 2020 poll by Morning Consult similarly found that 38 percent of Republicans said they believe bizarre conspiracy theories are accurate, with 21 percent saying very accurate and 17 percent somewhat accurate.
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