I wound up reading a post on Twitter.com by looking at my brother’s Twitter page and clicking on a twittering he replied to, and then clicking on the twittering that twitterer was replying to.
— Stop Trump 🍷 (@StopTrump2020) October 5, 2017
At first I didn’t get it. So what? The House prioritizes all kinds of things over other things. That’s kind of a key part of their job. Then I realized there was an invisible “Isn’t that crazy?!?! What monsters!!!” at the end of the headline, that would have been clear to me had I been part of the intended audience.
And then I read the replies, and met some representatives from that audience. Below is just a sampling:
“Pro-birth”, not “pro-life”. Once a baby is born, they care nothing about them from cradle to grave.
— I am Sam (@sammierose45) October 5, 2017
That’s not pro life, that’s pro death. They’re saying they are okay with what happened in Vegas.
— Spooky Squiddy🎃 (@InklingIka) October 5, 2017
You know every one of those Republicans has had a woman abort their love child. Not sure why they’d deny that service to others.
— Khristie Paulson (@khristiepaulson) October 5, 2017
— MillionsHateTrump (@NancyTexass) October 5, 2017
@lanihirsch I wish someone would hang them all up by their balls‼️
— Lani Hirsch (@lanihirsch) October 5, 2017
Only thing that will facilitate a culture of life is for real caring Americans to get rid of the republicans in congress&every other office
— Marge Davis (@Marjee123) October 5, 2017
They are truly awful excuses for human beings.
— William Wassersug (@scifisportsguy) October 5, 2017
— Tricia Messner (@tricia_messner) October 5, 2017
That’s right, let those babies with health issues come to terms then refuse to take care of them. #gopcunts
— Laurie McClave (@lauriemcclave) October 5, 2017
👆🏽inhumane, amoral, misogynistic/sexist hypocritical (sex crazed) adulterers AKA Grifters/Grabbers Of P🐱🐱& Power make sane Americans🤞🏽4Karma
— SmartSassyLady (@SaneSophisticat) October 5, 2017
I need to start watching Game of Thrones cuz we’re def going back to mid-EVIL Times! 😡
— Lyn Trotter (@CltrotLyn) October 5, 2017
Anyone that votes for a Repub is a moron like Donnie
— gary (@lgary2739) October 5, 2017
They really think they doing something good like the old saying there’s special place in hell for all the GOP
— Chip hunter (@hunter_chip) October 5, 2017
So Repubs want forced births for women who may not have insurance & have a high probability of being seriously injured in a mass shooting?
— Brenda (@Brantre123) October 5, 2017
When do we vote on male castration? #bastards
— CKG (@snarkytoo) October 5, 2017
Republicans hate women. They are pro fetus to satisfy the extreme right. Notice they don’t care about people after they are born.
— Katbluking (@Katbluking) October 5, 2017
Dirty, old white men. History will judge them harshly.
— MattW (@UtterMattness) October 5, 2017
Trying to please the deplorables to raise their poll numbers I guess.
— kathleenroeberg (@kathleenroeberg) October 5, 2017
Cuz most important 2 old white congressmen is to control women’s v. afterwards if child gets shot or dies of a preventable o’well #hypocrits
— Cyril Tobiasson (@Cyril1863) October 5, 2017
Not much else to say about this.
I do wonder if these people genuinely feel this way, or if Twittering is just catharsis for them. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine that none of these people have a single friend or loved one who is anti-abortion or Republican. On the other hand, bubbles can be pretty thick.
Something that doesn’t make sense to me, though, is how people can go online and, using their real names, write this kind of stuff where anyone can see it? (Employers, family members, kids, etc.) This wasn’t in some dark hidden corner of Twitter, it was a single click from the page of some D-list actor’s Twitter feed that my brother subscribes to.
Do they not care? Do they have some good reason not to fear consequences? Or are they oblivious to the tone and messages in their own writing? Has Twitter.com made it easier to be oblivious?
(P.S. Yes, all the Twitterings and the hashtags that used “white” as a put-down were written by…white people.)