Why Do Republican Presidential Candidates Like Violence So Much?

Why do so many Republicans think they can woo American voters with ridiculous and inherently violent antics? What are they playing at?

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Here’s a question: Why can’t Republican presidential candidates come up with better, more positive ways to make themselves heard?

While Donald Trump is doubling – tripling – down on racist comments, Mike Huckabee accused President Barack Obama of orchestrating a second Holocaust by agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran. And Bobby Jindal, well, he just wants to get rid of the Supreme Court.

But this doesn’t really end here. Other candidates like Rand Paul, Chris Christie Lindsey Graham have adopted a far worse tool to woo American voters: violence.

Christie advocated actual violence when he said a national teachers union collectively deserve a "punch in the face," sparking outcries of misogyny as teaching is a largely female-dominated workforce.  

Then in a recent video for conservative viral site IJReview, Ted Cruz was shown cooking bacon with the help of what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle.

At a time when the country is still reeling from multiple mass shootings in less than two months, the GOP presidential hopeful thought it’d be fun to use a gun to cook breakfast.

However, it makes sense coming from Cruz who has always been a staunch, vocal supporter of the Second Amendment and gun rights.

“There are few things I enjoy more than on weekends cooking breakfast with the family,” Cruz cheerfully says in the video, titled “Making Machine-Gun Bacon with Ted Cruz.”

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Rand Paul chose a similar, inherently violent, approach in one of his own videos when the Kentucky senator filmed himself destroying the tax code with fire, a woodchipper and a chainsaw to a rock-and-roll version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

After Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s personal cell phone number, the latter came up with an even more ridiculous response.

In a video posted by IJReview, Graham demonstrated different options to destroy his cell phone, including putting his phone in a blender with Red Bull, dropping it off a roof, crushing it with a brick, lighting it on fire, and chopping his phone in half with a sword.

But while Paul and Cruz had at least some sort of a message in their videos, Graham’s was totally irrelevant and unnecessary.

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