The National Rifle Association tweeted out one of Dana Loesch’s NRA propaganda videos Thursday night, and social media commentators are neither pleased nor impressed. The video literally and figuratively evokes violent imagery, and in a stunning act of hyperbole tries to defend President Trump.
“We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president, and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen in American history,” Loesch begins. Originally released last year, it’s titled “The Ultimate Insult.”
"We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president, and the people who voted for him…in American history. From the highest levels of government, to their #MSM…their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires." –@DLoesch pic.twitter.com/WfrKR1cFE9
— NRATV (@NRATV) April 13, 2018
“From the highest levels of government, to their media, universities and billionaires their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. their hateful defiance of his legitimacy is an insult to each of us,” Loesch says.
“But the ultimate insult is that they think we’re so stupid that we’ll let them get away with it. These saboteurs, slashing away with their leaks and sneers, their phony accusations and gagging sanctimony, drive their daggers through the heart of our future, poisoning our belief that honest custody of our institutions will ever again be possible. So they can then build their utopia from the ashes of what they burned down. No, their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires,” she continues.
“We are the National Rifle Association of America. And we are freedom’s safest place.”
Online, some responded with anger and outrage, some reminded Loesch that President Lincoln was assassinated, and other just mocked her and her message:
the South seceded after Abraham Lincoln got elected and then assassinated him https://t.co/UQJaaKHANe
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) April 13, 2018
They're encouraging their supporters to commit acts of political violence. Simple as that. These videos are both fearmongering marketing ploys, and endorsements of the violent racism that fuels the gun rights movement
— Matt "Beto" Dargay (@MattDargay) April 13, 2018
Dana Loesch: As a mother, I'm concerned that the Parkland students think responsible gun owners don't care about making society safe.
Also Dana Loesch: THERE IS A VIOLENT PUTSCH AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND WE MUST MURDER WITH OUR GUNS ANYONE WHO DARES JOIN IT. https://t.co/5t8IHripW2
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) April 13, 2018
Because of inflammatory rhetoric like this, this is why the NRA and the President are causing such horrible division. By the way, I’m an NRA member and your comments make me sick.
— mvamor (@mvamor) April 13, 2018
Among other things
— Sam Cohen (@cohenss) April 13, 2018
For every useless adverb and adjective in this video, I will donate $5 to @MomsDemand.
Annnnnnnnd I’m bankrupt. https://t.co/bUECeEKwME
— Tom V (@tavrunner) April 13, 2018
Jeez, Loesch is spewing more propaganda than you hear on RT! I think the Russians may have the NRA by their privates!
— james trahan (@jrtrahanmd) April 13, 2018
"I disagree with Ms. Loesch." Abraham Lincoln
— Brian Arbour (@bkarbour) April 13, 2018