Assembly Dems' start juvenile name-calling

It is the classic taunt of the school-yard bully.  Use someone's name to fashion a put-down.  Democrat Assembly candidates Kate Matteson and Gina Trish have based their political campaign using just such a taunt, labeling opponent Parker Space with the hashtag "wasteofspace." 


Wow.  That really called for creativity.  It is also elevating the policy discussion, isn't it?


While these Democrats were coming up with this stupid hashtag, Assemblyman Parker Space, a third generation volunteer firefighter, was battling a barn fire in the north of Sussex County.  He was also working with Senator Steve Oroho to restore the funding grabbed by Matteson's and Trish's Democrat Party comrades in Trenton.  Fortunately for Sussex County's school children, most of the money will be restored.


We had expected more.  We had expected a mature and rational debate.  Instead, we are getting juvenile hashtag rhetoric.  It isn't very edifying.


But what can we expect from a party that appears to have gone off its rocker since the election of Donald Trump last November?  Last week, Linda Sarsour -- a prominent Democrat Party activist and co-chair of the Women's March against President Trump -- called for a "jihad" against the American president.  You can catch her act here:

This was first reported on by Real Clear Politics and The Associated Press:


During a speech to the Islamic Society of North America convention in Chicago last weekend, Sarsour, a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention who is an anti-Israel and pro-Sharia activist, made the startling call and also urged against "assimilation." 


"I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad," she said. "That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House."


"Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community, it is not to assimilate and please any other people and authority," she said.


"Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community. Our top priority and even higher than all those other priorities is to please Allah and only Allah," she said.


Sarsour started off her call for "jihad" by praising Siraj Wahaj, who she described as her "favorite person in the room."  Wahaj is a controversial New York imam who has attracted the attention of American authorities for years.  Federal prosecutors included him on a 3½-page list of people they said "may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, though he was never charged, the Associated Press reported.


Like we said, the Democrats have gone nuts since Trump was elected.