Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on July 19, 2012
After news broke today that a Utah Tea Party activist has been charged with raping 4 women, the amount of political rhetoric creeping out is disgusting.
Look, can we all just calm down and drop the politics for a moment?
After the story broke, several GOP activists took to twitter accusing the reporter who broke the story of purposefully trying to connect the Tea Party or the Utah Republican Party with the rape of these 4 women. Guys, come on – seriously?
I’m not sure who the GOP thinks the Utah Media are, or who Utah Democrats are, that ANYONE would think that because someone in a leadership position committed (allegedly) these atrocities that reporters or Dems or anyone else would automatically assume that the Republican Party itself was involved – but the idea is simply ludicrous.
One slime ball allegedly committed these crimes. That’s it, and we all know it. There’s no need for parties or candidates to issue statements trying distance themselves from this prick.
How about we all just agree that the only human thing to do here is to express our absolute sorrow for these women and their families, recognize that this has nothing to do with any candidate, campaign or party, and perhaps see what we can do for the victims.
I echo the call made by the Alliance for a Better UTAH, if any candidate happened to receive money either directly from Peterson, or even if it was indirectly through him, it would be a great show of unity for the entire state if that money was donated to groups like the Utah Rape Recovery Center to go towards preventing such tragedies from happening again.