At the 9/12 rallies earlier this month, the American Life League distributed signs declaring, “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.” In Providence on Saturday, the late senator’s son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), commented on the signs, saying that they carried a violent message:
“Unfortunately, these town hall meetings have been hijacked by these Tea Party folks and extremists who really take away from the honest dialogue on the facts of the debate and end up seeing this issue devolve into fear mongering and the peddling of misconceptions,” he said, referring again to the sign that referenced his father’s death.
“They had mass-produced signs, ‘Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy,’ ” he said after the AARP event. “It wasn’t just an individual who was over the edge in their ideology and vitriol. This stuff was mass-produced and mass-distributed and mass-funded. When you put that together with folks around the country calling in very destructive ways for other things about Obama, and connotations of my family name, it’s not a real stretch as to what the message is here.”
Judie Brown, the president of the American Life League, claimed that the over 10,000 signs distributed by the group were neither “violent” nor “insensitive.” “I believe it was extremely insensitive for his father to have advocated the death of millions of babies,” said Brown. “I don’t think what we did was insensitive.” After Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) worried aloud that today’s political climate could spark violence, five former Secret Service, FBI and CIA officers told Politico that they too were concerned that “supercharged political vitriol could lead to violence.”