'The biggest biggot I've ever seen'; Bumper stickers prompting nasty notes
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CREATED Oct. 16, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's backlash against bumper sticker politics, in a note so vile, we can't show most of it.
The question is, are these faceless, obscenity-filled, attacks the new norm, amid tense political times?
"Eat s*** and die poor you f****** liberal," it reads.
It's a post-it, packing a poisnous punch.
"Hey dumb ****," reads Gil McLaughlin, from the note. "That n***** has f***** up this country."
Last week McLaughlin returned from routine errands to his truck parked in a public lot.
On his bumper he saw the same old stickers.
On his window he found two new ones.
"This person is the biggest biggot I've ever seen," said McLaughlin.
The rant rips into McLaughlin, the president and liberals in general, warning, "Don't try to take my money or my guns because I will hunt you down and f*** you over."
McLaughlin contacted 9OYS, and turns out he's not alone.
"Proclaiming me an idiot," described Lee Hunt. "Telling me the country was going to fall apart."
Hunt has adorned her bumpers for decades. In the last year, she says these notes have become commonplace.
"We used to respectfully disagree with honor to people with differing opinions, and now we don't tolerate them," she said.
It's a point seemingly proven nationwide, via reports of spray painted signs and tailgating turned dangerous, when one driver saw a man's Obama bumper sticker.
Samara Klar, assistant professor of political science at the U of A, says this note
"The public tends to think parties are way more different than they actually are," she said. "That sort of creates more animosity."
How much more? 9OYS wanted to know.
So we decided to put this type of passionate politics to the test, marking up two cars one libera and one conservative, and waited to see if anyone took the bait.
The result? We received no notes.
We did get one word of warning from legal experts, though, who say a note like McLaughlin's could be grounds for criminal charges of threat or intimidation.