The vicious, swashbuckling and violent rhetoric Democrats have been engaged in against their Republican enemies turned morbid this weekend. They don’t seem to care how deep into the political gutter they have to sink in order to inflict suffering.
Their profound lack of civility and hatred has now extended to billionaire industrialist and philanthropist David Koch, who died on Friday at age 79 after battling prostate cancer.
Koch was known for making large donations to conservative groups and Sloan Kettering cancer treatment facility. He was also a sponsor of the Lincoln Center in New York. His investments in the fossil fuel industry as director of Koch Industries, have provoked the ire of environmentalists.
The host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher, humiliated himself last Friday with a disgusting display of profane rejoicing.
He didn’t care what he had to say for a ghoulish punchline to entertain his odious audience and boost ratings, even at the expense of Koch’s grieving family.
“And now, some funeral news to report.” he crowed. “Yesterday, David Koch of the zillionaire Koch brothers died… of prostate cancer. I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer…. As for his remains, he has asked to be cremated and have his ashes blown into a child’s lungs,” said Maher to enthusiastic applause.
“He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers for decades,” Maher said. “So, f–k him, the Amazon is burning up, I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful,” he spewed. The notion that you can hate someone politically and respect their humanity didn’t occur to Maher.
Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had to rebuke his own supporters who cheered Koch’s death at a Minnesota State Fair Q&A on Saturday.
“I don’t applaud, you know, the death of somebody. We needn’t do that,” Sanders said.
“I think what we can say is that the Koch brothers and other billionaires, because of this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, have been able to spend hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to represent the wealthy and the powerful, and the fossil fuel industry, which is where the Koch brothers made a lot of their money,” he noted.
In another time many other Democratic leaders would be willing to step up and admonish Maher for his nasty, offensive remarks to his mostly liberal audience, but the toxic enmity extends to the top echelons of the party.
Hopefully Maher will come to his senses and apologize, but that would be expecting too much from a gutter dweller.