Before Raul Labrador writes any more op-eds urging Idahoans to check their political rhetoric he should heed Jesus who said, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5)
Labrador cited The New York Times, Kathy Griffin and Johnny Depp as examples of people who have “shocked and disgusted” him without once mentioning the much greater and more intemperate disgusting behavior of his right-wing fellow travelers.
The “toxic” political environment Labrador described began with the election of Newt Gingrich, a politician described as a “bomb thrower.” Beginning with his 1978 campaign, Gingrich went negative. He even wrote a memo in which he listed the words one should use to describe an opponent (words such as cheat, bizarre, corrupt, intolerant, lie, pathetic, radical).
And then there is Labrador’s president, Donald Trump, who regularly trashes women, threatens opponents and even urged his followers to beat up people who demonstrated against him.
So, if Labrador wants to “feel respected and valued,” he can start by cleaning up his own party, beginning with the flamer-in-chief occupying the White House.
Gary L. Bennett, Boise