“Put a you-know-what sock in it!’

‘Hiker of the Appalachian Trail’ lectures cussing senior citizens

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You would think that Republican Congressman Mark Sanford media-dubbed as “hiker of the Appalachian Trail”, would be the last one to blame President Donald Trump for being “partially to blame” for the severe divide in politics currently plaguing the nation.

But you would be wrong.

“I would argue that the President is at least in partially—again not in any way totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed,” Mark Sanford, R-SC, said on MSNBC. (ABC, June 15, 2017)

There’s always a lot of “yada, yada, yada” when the “hiker of the Appalachian Trail” has the floor.

When the fast-talking Republican politician, from South Carolina, then governor and a married man to boot disappeared for several days in 2009 to visit his his girlfriend in Argentina, his aide told the world that Mr. Sanford was “hiking the Appalachian Trail’.

About the Wednesday shootings in Alexandria:

“While Sanford initially noted that the events were “surreal,” he believes that the event is a time to reflect and reconsider the state of our nation. (ABC)

“He noted that the polarization now seen in Congress is the most extreme it has been in the “roughly 20 years” he’s been in politics.
These “demons” were recently observed by Sanford while attending a constituent senior center, where residents freely exchanged expletives when arguing over political issues.

“Though Sanford was careful not to blame Trump entirely, he said of Congress members: “we ought to call” Trump’s behavior “bizarre.”

“He closed by saying that yesterday, while a tragedy, is also a learning opportunity. He also took the event as a chance for personal reflection, saying he now is asking himself, “What might I do a little differently in the way I reach out to other members.”

You could start, Mr. Sanford by not joining in with the media and Democrats in blaming the president for the tragedy at the ballpark that saw four victims, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise among them, shot.  Lobbyist Matt Mika, Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams, and Capitol police officer Crystal Griner were the other shooting victims.

Rep. Scalise is still in critical condition after having undergone three surgeries since the event.

You could follow up, Mr. Sanford, by not fibbing to your own congress colleagues, some of whom are just as expert in the fib as you are.

The same politician who once posted a rambling, 2,000-word announcement of his breakup with María Belén Chapur on his Facebook page in September of 2014, was yesterday trying to backtrack on his Trump accusations made during an interview with Joe Scarborough:

“I’ve gotten a number of calls today with people picking up on rather sensational media headlines that tried to claim I believed that Donald Trump was responsible for yesterday’s shooting. That’s not true. The assertions were based on an interview I did earlier this morning with Joe Scarborough, who I once served with in Congress.


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“As too often is the case in the world of politics, people will grab a portion of a phrase and use it to the effect that serves their purpose. This is the case with these headlines.

“Given the friends that did call, I’ve included the clip below from another interview that I did a few hours ago with Craig Melvin. I’d ask that you take a look. Once again, we talked about the tragedy that occurred yesterday and what I see is the degradation of civil debate at all levels of our society.

“There’s plenty of blame to go around. At some level, we’re all to blame. Some would say that Obama let people down, based on the way in which he was to be a great uniter…and proved to be less than that. Others would blame President Trump for some of the things that he has said over the course of his campaign and time in office. Still others would focus on the way in which people in politics have said awfully rough things about each other of late.

“So the bottom line is this: too often, people want to blame somebody else for what we can all have a hand in fixing. The main point of the clip here is that while different people, including the president, have said some things that strain this notion of civil discourse - it’s up to all of us to look for ways of being more civil to each other.

Take a look, and let me know your thoughts.”

Here are some thoughts for Sanford in some of the blankety-blank style of his senior constituents:

“Put a you-know-what sock in it!’ 

And sometime before the next election, Sanford should be told by taxpayers to take a hike.

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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