When reports about a mysterious substance being delivered to Raúl Grijalva’s office, the Star got reaction from a couple of folks. One of them was local Tea Party honcho and blogger Trent Humphries:
I have to say it’s really interesting that when Democrats are most in trouble, something like this always happens.
Here we have the artful way of implying what so many of the more unhinged posters to our local message boards accuse Democrats of doing: phonying up these threats to get sympathy from the public.
The same allegations were thrown around early in the summer when there was a threat against the life of Grijalva and his family. The feds later made an arrest in that case. But hey, it was all ginned up by Grijalva. Maybe phonied up by liberals (heck, ACORN, why not?) to make the Tea Party and conservatives look bad.
Making these allegations was ridiculous then, and it’s ridiculous now. The substance turned out to be toxic and members of Grijalva’s staff had to be checked out by paramedics before going home. Yes, this thing is for real and law enforcement is taking it seriously. That a leader of the Tea Party movement would wink-and-nudge an allegation that it is all made up to get votes is only a shade less disturbed than the people who posted to the Star and KVOA sites that Grijalva and his staff deserve what they get.
I believe that Humphries is sincere in his wanting to keep the more unhinged out of his movement. But, if he refuses to acknowledge that there might be violent people that take up his cause, how does he ever hope to keep them out of his group?