If you were winning your race for re-election to the Senate, would you get up in front of people and say something as awful as this?
During a rally in Georgetown, Texas, on Tuesday, for Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a supporter shouted “Lock him up” in reference to Cruz’s opponent, Beto O’Rourke. Cruz replied that O’Rourke could share a cell with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Well, you know, there’s a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton,” Cruz said. “Ya’ll are gonna get me in trouble with that,” he added.
No, of course not.
Civility means that you should never, ever talk about the imprisonment of your political enemies. That’s un-American, it is an affront to the rule of law, and it is an insult to the intelligence of the American voter. When you hear Republicans talk about civility, remember how easy it was for Cruz to talk about putting his opponent, who is a sitting Congressman, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in prison for the crime of being Democrats. That’s not even in the ballpark of having a civil discussion about why people should vote for you.
In point of fact, that’s an enthusiastic embrace of fascism that the GOP can’t shake right now.