Far Right Rhetorical Co-Opt, Item 1
One of the favorite rhetorical devices of those on the Far Right is to take a charge leveled against them by progressives, to co-opt the language used to articulate that charge, and then to reframe the debate with the co-opted language so that it seems that the logic of their position is not just credible but seemingly inescapable.
In actuality, the logic is usually more circular than anything else.
So, this past week, Steve King, the Far Right congressman from Iowa, said that those who have been trying to make the case that climate change is a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively are guilty of making their cause “more of a religion than a science.”
King, of course, doesn’t know much at all about climate science. In fact, it’s pretty clear from the way that he has framed this most recent argument and similar arguments…
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