Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove)
Rep. Sean Casten’s (D-Downers Grove) office did not return requests for comment on Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin’s recent remarks that the Republican Party should be “burned down with no survivors.”
“What we should be doing is shunning these people,” Rubin said of Republicans on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “Shunning, shaming these people is a statement of moral indignation that these people are not fit for polite society."
The show’s other commentators nodded in agreement.
The DuPage Policy Journal also asked Casten – in light of the Rubin comments – if he felt that Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other extreme left groups that resort to offensive language and violence deserve a place in polite society, or whether they should be shunned and shamed as Rubin said Republicans should be. Again, his office did not respond.
Talk radio host Larry Elder told Fox News that Rubin’s comments where “absolutely absurd.”
“Ideologically, Trump polls the same as George W. Bush,” Elder said. “But you have Rubin and a psychiatrist on CNN the other day saying that Trump this century is more destructive than Hitler, Mao and Stalin in the last century. Where are you supposed to go with that?”
“There’s no cure for Trump derangement syndrome,” he added.
The liberal Casten is expected to face a tough re-election fight in 2020. He represents a historically Republican district, but he rode the blue wave in 2018 to defeat six-term incumbent Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton).
The sixth covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.