I’ve always been a free speech champion but there is a proverbial line in the sand, and that line is advocating violence. So, it was sad to see Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan cross that line last weekend with a truly juvenile tweet about Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
The first part of the tweet read:
“So Frod’s gang could get folks upset over hurting Kindergarten students instead of being angry over the damage he’s done to university students.”
Hmmm... was that reference to “Frod” instead of Ford a typo? Nope. Vaughan transposed the O and the R so the premier’s surname would sound like “Fraud,” but our homegrown super-villain, Vaughan, completed the tweet with the following:
“Next he will go after young offenders & end ‘free school’ in detention centres… instead of playing whack-a-mole; Let’s just whack him.”
“Whack” is gangster-speak for being put to sleep – as in permanently. Calling for such violence is appalling, especially in the political realm where too many individuals the world over have indeed been whacked just for expressing a contrary viewpoint.
Upon being bombarded with negative feedback, Vaughan fell back on the good ol’ “I was only joking” chestnut. Gee, where have we heard that one before? Maybe when his boss Justin made his idiotic “peoplekind” gaffe?
Incredibly, even after backlash and an excuse nobody believed, Vaughan doubled-down on his idiocy with another tweet, this one accompanied by a doctored photo of Ford wearing clown paraphernalia as part of a whack-a-mole carnival game.
As criticism mounted, the saga ended with Vaughan apologizing, but not unreservedly.