It should come as no surprise that, as the election rapidly approaches, Dana Rohrabacher has made nary a mention of the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. Not on Twitter. Not on Facebook. Nowhere.
Why wouldn’t a congressman at least make note of such a tragedy? Why wouldn’t a congressman bemoan the hate spreading throughout America? Why wouldn’t a congressman Tweet out his heartbreak?
Why? Because this is Dana Rohrabacher—dog whistler.
Anyone who knows Dana’s career, and anyone who understands the demographics of Huntington Beach (home to his headquarters and most vibrant supporters) knows our congressman can’t both express empathy toward the Jews and be, well, Dana Rohrabacher. After all, this is a man who has brought a known white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer to meetings. This is a man who has appeared at marches and events alongside skinheads waving flags.
It has never been accidental for Dana Rohrabacher, this walking of thin lines and wooing of the hateful. He’s simply never before been in an election where people might notice. In the past, the Democrats have never threatened this man; have never truly had a puncher’s shot of winning the 48th. So, as a result, we didn’t pay attention to the odds and ends, nooks and crannies.
In 2018, we are.
In case I’m being a bit too opaque, here is what I’m saying: Dana Rohrabacher is fighting for his political life, and he needs (desperately) every attainable vote out there.
That means skinheads. That means neo-Nazis.
That means staying silent.