The Twin Cities’ newest conservative talk show host has an idea for managing the thousands of protesters coming to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September: machine guns.
Chris Baker, formerly a talk radio host in Houston, took over the morning spot on KTLK in early March. On Friday, he took issue with the debate among Minneapolis law enforcement personnel as to whether police should limit the use of Tasers and pepper spray on protesters in Minneapolis (link to audio file). Baker’s suggestion is violent suppression of what he calls “stinky protesters” that are part of “an industry funded by billionaires and communist organizations (and) they are well-coordinated and incredibly dangerous.”
Baker continued: “So we’ve been talking about police protection during the upcoming convention when all those stinky protesters are coming. There seems to be a big debate over whether or not police officers will be able to wear helmets, carry shields, use pepper spray and Tasers on this crowd. You know, I’ll tell you what works on a crowd like this — a machine gun, that always works very well.”
Baker’s co-host, “Jordan,” agreed: “Mow ’em down, baby!” he added.
“You must have order, you cannot have a civilized society without order and if that means cracking a few skulls, so be it,” said Baker. “A good ole boy network is what you need and hand out some ax handles.”
Peace advocate and former FBI agent Coleen Rowley heard the violent rhetoric on Friday. “It doesn’t take an expert on the First Amendment to recognize that suggesting the ‘good ol’ boy network’ hand out ax handles and machine guns be used to mow a crowd down comes close to inciting violence,” she wrote at the Huffington Post. “This inflammatory rhetoric looks no different than the reason we are not allowed to falsely yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”
She continued: “I can also speak from personal experience — having worked almost 24 years as an FBI agent — that such remarks would almost certainly elicit investigative concern if the tables were turned and such speech came out of the mouth of someone critical of the government.”