By Adam Pagnucco.
Evidently frustrated by having his message eclipsed by the stunning behavior of President Donald Trump, thin-skinned Governor Larry Hogan is now lashing out at constituents on Facebook.
Hogan, who has blocked constituents from his Facebook page in the past, put up a post on redistricting on June 3. The post linked to an article blasting General Assembly Democrats on a website run by right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham. But some folks weren’t buying what Hogan was selling and that set the Governor off.
One person posted – politely – on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty.
Hogan accused her of “spouting off.”
Hogan wasn’t done, saying, “You obviously have no idea what you are talking about” and referring to her comments as an “off topic, incorrect rant.”
Another constituent expressed support for the General Assembly’s bill providing for multi-state redistricting, which Hogan vetoed. Hogan said she was part of a “tiny minority” and encouraged her to “stop liking our page.”
And that wasn’t enough. Hogan came back for more even as outraged constituents pushed back.
When another constituent asked about the Paris climate treaty, Hogan responded, “You are not only off topic but ill informed.”
When asked about the climate treaty again, Hogan said, “Yes. We are leading the nation on this subject. Pay attention.”
Facebook can be an unruly environment for political discussion. Constituents are real, live people and don’t always restrict their remarks to the topics favored by politicians. Elected officials and candidates have a right to ban racist, anti-Semitic, bigoted, sexist, profane or libelous commentary from their pages. But none of the above comments fall into those categories. None of them warrant the rude responses written under the Governor’s name.
Hogan owes these folks an apology.