“You better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes.”
There have been a handful of damning or embarrassing political ads targeting Republicans this year. A couple of those have been self-inflicted, like the Texas GOP’s attempt to burn Beto O’Rourke will accidentally making him look cool.
In Pennsylvania, the Republican candidate for governor, Scott Wagner, released a video directly addressing Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf, using violent, and very specific, language. “Between now and November 6,” Wagner says, “you better put a catcher’s mask on your face, because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania and we’re throwing you out of office.”
“Because you know what,” he adds, “I’m sick and tired of your negative ads.”
This isn’t the first bizarre choice that Wagner’s campaign has made. Days after saying his campaign funds were nearly “tapped out,” Wagner’s team paid Fox News host Jeanine Pirro more than $24,000 to appear at a fundraiser. He’s also refused to release his tax returns, saying that employees at his waste-hauling business will demand he pay them more if they know how much he makes.
According to NBC News, Wagner’s campaign is insisting that the threatening words are not meant to be taken “literally,” with a spokesperson saying, “He wanted them to be a metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign.” It’s not the most inventive defense, considering it’s the same that Alex Jones used when threatening Robert Mueller. But it’s a convenient way to say whatever you want and never get held accountable.
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