MSNBC’s resident soy boy, Chris Hayes, got all up in his feelings this week after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) had the audacity to display a few guns on her bookshelf while showing up to a congressional meeting via Zoom. Hayes assured his liberal audience that by displaying the guns, Boebert was not only threatening…someone…but was actually following the example set by Cuban revolutionaries and terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“Do you notice something different with the bookshelves? Not just a stockpile of weapons sitting behind her, there is a deeper meaning to this image. An implicit threat, too,” Hayes said, showing an image of Boebert from the meeting.
“Last Thursday, she zoomed into a virtual congressional hearing with just a mess of guns piled on the bookshelf behind her. AR-15-style rifles, a handgun just laying across a bunch of books. Boebert, who’s raising four young boys later tweeted the guns are not in storage, but are, quote, ‘ready for use.’ Apparently, she just leaves them out because she fears she may need to fire multiple rounds of ammo for someone who comes into her — den?” Hayes scoffed.
“You know, lots of people immediately noted that the use of guns in that way as props and the implicit threat that comes with them has a, you know, long, not necessarily great history among various movements around the globe,” he continued. “Osama bin Laden, for one, liked to pose in front of a bookshelf with a gun prominently displayed. The Irish Republican Army would display guns in its propaganda posters and its murals. Cuban revolutionaries, they posed with guns all the time, too.”
You know something, he’s right. As a matter of fact, bin Laden also had a beard, so we should probably start generating ready-made outrage segments to talk about any politician who sports facial hair! And don’t even get us started about his little turban, which just happens to look like something a certain member of Congress (that we’re sure Hayes adores) wears on a daily basis. Obviously, Ilhan Omar is participating in a code of dress that has a, um, “not necessarily great history.”
“A movement or faction that puts images of guns, the celebration of guns front and center in its political aesthetic, is a movement who’s engaging in something other than what we might call the normal rhetoric of elected democratic politics,” he whined. “You can’t escape the meaning of it. It communicates that they’re committed to, or at the very least open to the possibility of violent overthrow of the government or the existing order. And now, in the Republican Party, it seems like it’s becoming common and unremarkable.”
The dangers of growing up the son of a leftist community organizer in New York City, ladies and gentlemen.