What’s the best way to make sure a Democratic Party event starts off on the right foot? Apparently, it’s telling a Trump death joke.
In a moment reported by the Sun Sentinel, Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings warmed up the crowd at a “Stronger Together” rally in Sunshine, Florida on Sunday by telling a joke about Donald Trump drowning in the Potomac. But after making headlines for the joke, Hastings’ problematic past has come back to haunt him.
“There is no question that something is tragically wrong with the president of the United States in his mind,” Hastings told the charged up crowd at the event, which the Sentinel reports was attended by four Democratic candidates for governor as well as embattled Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
“Do you know the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe?” Hastings asked the crowd, quoting a joke he said was passed on to him by the son of Rabbi Barry Silver, a civil rights attorney and former Florida lawmaker.
“A crisis is if Donald Trump falls into the Potomac River and can’t swim,” said the Democratic congressman. “And a catastrophe is anybody saves his ass.”
The room erupted.
Watch the video below via The Daily Caller:
Though the revved up Democrats in the room found the joke hilarious, the reaction online has been less than enthused. Fox News noted a pattern not only with Hastings but with Democrats in general:
This is not the first time Hastings has expressed his contempt for Trump in off-color terms. The Sun Sentinel noted in 2016, he called Trump a “sentient pile of excrement.”
Jokes about physical harm to Trump also have become increasingly common. The band Pearl Jam last week defended their decision to put out a poster depicting a bald eagle pecking at Trump’s corpse – the poster was for a “get out the vote” concert for Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.
The Washington Post pointed out that Hastings’ history was far worse than just making some unseemly comments:
The 13-term congressman is no stranger to controversy. In 1989, he was removed from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida when the Democratic-controlled House impeached him, and the Senate convicted, on charges of bribery and perjury. …
In 2008, he apologized for incendiary comments about Sarah Palin, the then-GOP vice presidential nominee. In remarks on a panel at the annual conference of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Hastings had warned, “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.”
Trump fans were even less gracious in their responses to Hastings and his joke:
Dem Rep. Hastings gets big laughs for joking about Trump drowning in Potomac https://t.co/7QhpCqQc3e
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 20, 2018
This is a disgrace AND another in a long line of disgraceful comments by the left. I hope they know we are keeping a list!
— Suzy Laidlaw (@SuzyLaidlaw) August 20, 2018
These liberal representatives who use hateful and seditious language without so much as a reprimand from our so called leaders in Congress is disgraceful.
— Sean Pain (@SeanPain4) August 20, 2018
And dems know a lot about drownings! pic.twitter.com/x1MVofPn4v
— chach malone❌❌ (@chachmalone) August 20, 2018