August 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the aftermath of the Family Research Council shooting, prominent voices on the Left have not tapped down their violent rhetoric against their opponents. Two Baby Boomer celebrities have taken to Twitter to hope pro-life, pro-family individuals and U.S. Congressman Todd Akin suffer a drowning or a same-sex rape, respectively.
On Sunday, Ellen Barkin expressed her hope that Tropical Storm Isaac would smash up the Republican National Convention in Tampa and drown all its delegates.
She retweeted the message of one of her followers that read: “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC ” Barkin did not express any disagreement in her retweet.
The storm is expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before slamming into the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
After a number of followers asked if it wasn’t extreme to wish death upon one’s political opponents, Barkin instead blamed the website Twitchy, which is owned by Michelle Malkin, for reporting the tweet. However, as Twitchy pointed out in response, it hadn’t yet reported the event.
Strong language on abortion – that of Senate candidate Todd Akin – also inspired Sixties warbler and mother of transgender “son” Chaz Bono Cher to call for the congressman to be raped by an AIDS victim. Cher tweeted that it would be an act of “kama” - presumably karma - if Missouri Congressman would “get raped by man with HIV/AIDS. Nothing will happen, right? Body shuts down as defense mechanism.”
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The opening of the Republican convention has been postponed until Tuesday because of Isaac. Today’s theme, “We Can Do Better,” and keynote speakers such as Sen. Rand Paul and former Democratic Congressman Arthur Davis, will be plugged into an abbreviated, three-day convention.
Barkin, who describes herself as a “Bronx girl” on her Twitter page, has posted a number of vitriolic tweets in the past.
Despite the coverage tweets such as this week’s have earned her, social media outreach may not be her prowess. After the controversy, someone alerted her to an internet hoax on “FB.”
The 58-year-old Barkin, who began her acting career with an uncredited role in Cheech and Chong’s 1978 movie Up in Smoke, replied by asking, “What is FB?”