We regularly receive some off-color responses to our page, memes, and various articles from right-wingers who are dissatisfied with the discomfort of being presented with scary, scary, facts. Joe Bourdeau is no different. Some whine about how AATTP needs to be taken down, but Joe has a different idea: just take out the people involved with the blog instead!
As we were browsing through the hate mail, Joe’s delusional rant caught our eye. Writing at grade school level, Joe responds to things he doesn’t understand in the usual right-wing manner, i.e, kill them. In fact, Joe says he will “make it [his] life goal to make sure and kill off every last one of You liberal terrorists.” That’s right, he called us terrorists.
In fact, simple murder is not enough for Joe: Following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler in more than Tea Party political tactics, Joe says he will “do all in [his] power to commit mass genocide against all of you.”
Okay, okay…genocide might seem a bit harsh to most, but you need to understand where Joe is coming from. He hates “terrorists,” and has (of course) decided that not only the folks at AATTP, but every single “immoral” liar of a Democrat as well fits the bill.
Joe, in the manner of a true Christian, says “you people are the scum of the earth and I wish nothing but pain to you and your family’s [sic]. may god kill you all and save this country from corrupt idiocracy.” (Joe apparently doesn’t get the point of the movie that taught him that word.)
Joe is not the first member of our audience to respond with angry, irrational threats of doom and destruction. While Bourdeau did not exactly explain what set him off, AATTP hater and racist homophobe Rob Kinnison has always been more than happy to share his thoughts on AATTP. Unfortunately, the thing that led him to his breaking point was Duck Dynasty. Rob did not like that we pointed out that Phil Robertson suggested bagging yourself a teenager before she’s an old maid (at 20), so he (of course) responded with a threat of violence via YouTube targeting an AATTP writer.
Joe’s more direct, more overt threat raises an interesting question: Has law enforcement’s failure to act on Kinnison’s threats galvanized others who may be more likely to do something? Has law enforcement’s lack of concern for the Kinnison incident sent the message that AATTP is fair game?
We certainly hope not.
Joe sent most of his messages from inside a government building where there are likely to be children.