Dear CPAC, F-ck Your Feelings

Remember those “Fuck Your Feelings” t-shirts the Trumpies wore during the campaign? I do. Which brings us to this episode of Conservative Butthurt (boldface mine):

The man responsible for inviting one of Europe’s rising crypto-fascists to the United States and introducing her to the CPAC audience is Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the conference

Beyond Le Pen, who was more important as a symbol than an instrument of power, much of conference was defined by the Parkland school shooting from the previous week. Seventeen people were killed with an automatic weapon, and the subsequent response from the surviving students has lead to the most important national debate about gun control since the elementary-school shooting at Sandy Hook.

The NRA is a major sponsor of CPAC, and Schlapp’s organization supported the lapsing of an assault weapons ban in 2004. The expiration of the ban has lead to a “staggering” increase in gun massacres, according to a recent analysis in the Washington Post. But when asked about CPAC’s role in the unique scourge of US gun violence, Schlapp again evaded any responsibility. “I do not feel like I’m a part of the blame for why a mad man, or a bad man, perpetrated such an act of violence as this,” Schlapp told me. “I can’t be responsible for that.”

Some of us hold the quaint notion that the concept of personal responsibility–remember that conservative trope?–should not be the sole purview of poor single minority mothers (though, within our political system, it never was).

Also: Schlapp, fuck your feelings.

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