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DEMOCRATIC VOICE POD: Ignoring hate speech by elected officials normalizes extremism

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FILE - (LEFT) Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., plays a recording of a death threat left on her voicemail at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in the wake of anti-Islamic comments made last week by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). (RIGHT) Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

On this week’s episode of the Democratic Voice podcast, we look recent hate speech coming from elected officials, why there’s inaction to punish such matters and how not doing so, leads to a normalization of extremism.


La Crosse County Democratic Party chair William Garcia hosts the podcast along with WIZM’s Rick Solem. New episodes come out every Monday. To find them, just search The Democratic Voice wherever you download podcasts or find all the episodes on WIZM here.



The basis of this discussion begins with Islamophobic remarks from US House member Lauren Bobert (R-Colorado) directed at colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and then a ridiculous statement from Donald Trump.

The bigger picture is how accepting things like this just moves the needle on other extreme actions — almost normalizing them.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. Richard Lepsch

    December 7, 2021 at 7:23 am

    But what is not address in this obvious democrat bias article is that it’s more often democrats with the hate speech and intolerance. And a failure by lead democrats to call it ou in their own party. WIZM needs more balance in these news updates, we are only getting half the story. Fact not opinion

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