In campaigns, candidates do their best to identify themselves with their constituents.
They want voters to think they are “more like us” than their opponents.
Congressman Peter Roskam has increasingly been doing that during the last week.
Of course, he has help from his opponent Sean Casten, who has compared President Donald Trump with Osama bin Laden and picked Dan Savage, a sex advice columnist who hates Christians, said he wanted all Republican dead (see one minute mark on video), as his role model.
The “not like us” examples are outlined in the following press release from Roskam:
Casten’s offensive commentary lands him in boiling water… again
Casten’s apathy has gone from ‘ask for forgiveness later’ to never
WHEATON, IL — With every Sean Casten public appearance, comes a new offensive soundbite for the media and voters to digest—and Casten’s recent WTTW debate performance and campaigning has crowded headlines.
Given several opportunities to respond to his string of vicious, divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail, or his admiration for radical activists who slander and blackmail for political gain, Casten sat across WTTW’s Carol Marin and retracted his previous apology for comparing the President to Osama bin laden, doubled down on idolizing Dan Savage despite his violent anti-Republican stances, and for the fifth time, did not apologize for calling Republicans pedophiles, morons, Nazis and racists.
Judging from the past week in front of press and voters, Casten has eliminated any doubt that he’ll be filtering himself—or repenting—before the election.
- In an interview with NBC last week, the reporter called Casten “mean-spirited.”
- While being shadowed by The Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Casten was heard again calling White House staff “Nazis and racists.”
- In the Chicago Tribune debate coverage, they reported “Sean Casten says remarks on Trump’s tactics he’s apologized for ‘needed to be said.’”
- According to Breitbart, “Sean Casten refuses to disavow anti-Christian bully Dan Savage.”
- Breitbart also highlighted The Wall Street Journal article, stating Casten “is trying to insult his way to Congress.”
- In a debate with WTTW, when asked about his comparison of the President to Osama bin Laden that received national attention, Casten defended it, stating, “What I said needed to be said.”
- Axios brought attention to “Casten’s Mean Tweets” and statements Casten has said in the past, including lines like ‘I view abortion like a medical gallbladder surgery’ and ‘suburban women don’t want a representative who is crazier than their lives.’
“Despite being called out repeatedly for his divisive rhetoric by Peter and by reporters, Sean Casten has only turned up the volume—and retracted the one apology he has offered the 6th District for his actions,” said Roskam for Congress Spokesman Veronica Vera.
“He has made it abundantly clear he doesn’t care who he offends, how his words come off or the fact he is alienating more than half of the 6th District.
“The people of Illinois have been embarrassed enough by unfiltered, self-serving politicians who don’t listen to the constituents.
“Instead of secret tapped phone calls, Casten is campaigning on hateful, vicious rhetoric for voters and reporters to hear.”