On Sunday, Antifa protesters in Portland rallied against members of “Patriot Prayer,” a traveling pro-Trump conservative group which staged a demonstration in the city that day.
Some Antifa members also clashed with Portland police, who informed the public via Twitter that participants were “throwing irritant smoke and projectiles at police.”
A few hours after that report, Pat Garofalo, a seven-term Republican in the Minnesota House, crafted this response to this information:
1) Arrest them
2) Hold them for 72 hrs before posting bail
3) Give them alone time with Bubba in Appalachia.#EffectiveRehabilition
This isn’t the first time Garofalo’s quick Twitter trigger has inspired controversy.
In 2014, Garofalo joked that if the National Basketball Association folded, it would have limited impact on people’s lives, with the “possible exception of [an] increase in street crime.”
Garofalo first defended that tweet, then later “sincerely apologized” for it in a lengthy statement, which included this line:
“In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups.”
As you can imagine, Twitter was not pleased:
GOP is sure obsessed with rape. Project much?
— Gorgor (@GorGor71) September 12, 2017
Cool, glad an elected official enjoys homophobic jokes.
— Lance (@LegallyLance) September 11, 2017
@PortlandPolice So you'd like to send Oregon prisoners across state lines to Appalachia, where…what will Bubba do, exactly?
— John Maddening (@johnmaddening) September 11, 2017
Is anyone shocked that this cut rate politician advocates prison rape? I love MN and its people, you cannot possibly be from there. #Dems18
— Nikki Irish (@Nikki_Irish) September 12, 2017
I just feel sorry for you. At worst this is a rape joke. At best extrajudicial torture. So much hate in your sad pathetic life. #Resign now.
— alexander falconer (@alexfalconrt) September 11, 2017
Delete your account. Rape isn't funny. And don't deny what you said. You make THINK we are as stupid as you. We are not.
— Julie Harris #Resist (@sabela13) September 12, 2017