The anti-gay comments and slur used by City of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels has led to a firestorm of criticism, both nationally and locally, but her comments are no more offensive than those of a Republican Grand Traverse County Commissioner advocating for the torture of a U.S. Congresswoman.
Like Daniels, Jason Gillman is a teabagger, and on Monday he posted a comment on the leading rightwing blog “Right Michigan” that he operates that former Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be tortured if she reveals what she learned of the 84 ethics violations that leading GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was charged with when he left the U.S. House in disgrace in 1997.
“The woman should be behind bars, in stocks, with shock clamps attached to each butt cheek, and with eyelids propped open,” Gillman wrote.
Violent comments like that are more than a little disturbing when used against anyone, but they are even more disturbing when used against the highest ranking woman is U.S. history by another elected official.
This is not the first questionable action by Gillman. In February of last year when public employees and union members were staging huge rallies in Lansing in support of Wisconsin public employees, he showed up at an all-day rally on a Saturday trying to provoke a confrontation he could record and post on YouTube. Despite thousands of union supporters on hand and three hours to do it, all he managed to do was catch 31 seconds of someone giving him the middle finger.
He still called teachers, firefighters and police officers animals. But that pales in comparison to advocating for torture of a U.S. Congresswoman.