The GOP has a double standard when it comes to civility in politics. The party’s political advertising often condemns the “radical left,” while its leaders and operatives ignore the threats posed by radical right-ring groups such as the Proud Boys.
A string of pipe bombs destined for liberal leaders and activists has set off a political firestorm this week. While some on the far-right fringe have floated “false flag” accusations, even virulently antagonistic conservative leaders have condemned the attempted attacks, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“America is better than this. Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity,” Cruz said in a Tweet.
Cruz’ attempt at civility comes just 24 hours after he joked about the extrajudicial imprisonment of his opponent for Senate, Beto O’Rourke.
“Well, you know, there’s a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton,” Cruz said to a supporter who suggested imprisoning O’Rourke.
Cruz is evidently okay perpetuating the absurdism and violence endemic to conservative rhetoric—at least until explosives show up at opponents’ houses and offices.