Former top SC GOP staffer “jokes” about Trayvon Martin’s death

Former Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican party, Todd Kincannon, spent the Super Bowl publishing a series of tweets joking about Trayvon Martin’s death.

Martin, you might recall, was the black teenager killed during a scuffle with neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida. The case became a lightning rod after the police refused to press charges.

Kincannon bristles at the suggestion that he’s a typical Republican bigot, and suggests instead that he’s a freedom of speech patriot, educating America about the importance of speaking your mind.

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

First, a few of Kincannon’s anti-Trayvon tweets from the Super Bowl:

Former SC GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon jokes about Trayvon Martin Former SC GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon jokes about Trayvon Martin

Former SC GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon jokes about Trayvon Martin

Former SC GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon jokes about Trayvon Martin

Kincannon also throws in a homophobic joke about actor Jim Nabors’ character Gomer Pyle since Nabors announced that he recently married his longtime boyfriend of 38 years.


There was a vocal response on Twitter.  Kincannon just ate it up, and kept tweeting filth:

Kincannon claims he’s using satire to offend people to teach a lesson.

And the Trayvon Martin tweets had nothing to do with race:

Kincannon thinks his racist, homophobic tweets “make people think”:

Someone’s a wee bit full of themselves:

Kincannon, above, steps into the usual confused territory that Republicans occupy in the free speech debate.  They think that free speech means they can say whatever they want and no one can respond.  If you respond – if you exercise your free speech in response to their free speech – you’re squelching their free speech.  So basically, it’s free speech for them, and not you.

Kincannnon also makes another common Republican “free speech” mistake – confusing “can” with “should”:

You are allowed.  No one is going to throw you in jail.  But how can you say you wanted to start a discussion, and then when a discussion starts, you accuse anyone who doesn’t agree with you of squelching free speech?

And this:

But it wasn’t thought provoking at all.  All Kincannon did was inflame controversy between the races, and between political parties.  He didn’t get anyone to think deep thoughts at all.  He did, however, reinforce the image of southerners – even educated ones – as racists and buffoons.  Again, how is that “good” and “thought provoking”?

And one more time, Kincannon fails to understand the difference between “you have the right to tell racist, homophobic jokes” and “we have the right to criticize you for it.” For conservatives, free speech is a one-way speech. They get to say any outrageous thing they want, and you don’t get to respond.

Where to begin?

First off, Trayvon Martin.

I had some issues with how people were reaching immediate conclusions on the Trayvon Martin case. I was concerned about some of my colleagues assuming that Zimmerman had to be guilty, had to be a racist intentionally looking for an African-American to shoot, and that Martin had to be 100% innocent, in part because Martin was a young boy leaving a 7-11, and wasn’t armed. As I noted at the time, privately to some colleagues who were using this argument, I got violently mugged by a young boy leaving a 7-11 with no gun back in 2002. He and his friend tried to strangle me to death, and did a fairly good job of it. So I took issue with some of the assumptions that some progressive were bringing to the discussion. And I was warned privately to stop weighing in, even privately with friends. It wasn’t safe, I was told, to offer any point of view that didn’t agree with the general consensus that Martin was 100% a good kid and Zimmerman 100% a racist.  That bothered me.

Now, while I took some issue with the notion that I shouldn’t even dare express any contrary views on the case (as a lawyer, that’s why I do, and excel at – nitpicking the details to hopefully bring the discussion, any discussion, to a higher level for my readers), that is a far cry from Todd Kincannon thinking that the appropriate way to express any disagreement on the Trayvon Martin case is to issue a series of racist, homophobic, and intentionally inflammatory jokes about a young boy’s death.

Kincannon is pulling a Limbaugh. And a Palin.  And a Breitbart.  He’s making statements in order for the statements to get him publicity, period. He’s not doing it to teach people a lesson, or for some greater good. He’s a shock jock who loves attention. And to the extent that he does think he’s doing some greater God’s will on the issue of free speech, then he’s a bit of an idiot.

You don’t teach people lessons, or educate them about freedom, with racist and homophobic comments sure to, and intended to, inflame your audience. How does that do anything other than inflame already-existing passions and tensions? What lesson did Kincannon teach anyone, other than that Republicans (and white people, and southerners) are still as racist and homophobic as always?

Huff Post did an interview with Kincannon, below, in which he attempts to suggest that he’s the second coming of Jonathan Swift, using satire to educate the masses.

Sorry, Charlie. All you’re doing is confirming the concerns a lot of us already had about the South and the GOP.

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34 Responses to “Former top SC GOP staffer “jokes” about Trayvon Martin’s death”

  1. Nogods Buffalo says:

    The evidence established that Martin assaulted Zimmerman. Both had every right to be where they were at that moment. But Martin had no right to physically attack Zimmerman. Unfortunately for Martin Zimmerman was not defenseless. Making jokes about the perpetrator of an assault is entirely acceptable.

  2. Brian Kirkland says:

    I don’t think there’s any such notion that Trayvon Martin was a “100% good kid”, just that he was clearly processing from one place he had a every right to be to another place he had every right to go to, alone, talking on the phone, minding his own business.

    Zimmerman would have been nowhere close to him if he hadn’t gotten out of his car to follow him. The only one with a criminal record was Zimmerman, who was carrying a gun he was prepared to shoot if he was losing a fight that he instigated. End of story. I can only assume that these were young African-American kids who strangled you, though you chose not to relate that part. That’s called prejudice.

    Who cares how you were once strangled? You’re not much better than the SC scum because you carry notions in your head, based on impressions from your limited experience. Screw you, too.

  3. Jimmy Voltron says:

    That “Trayvon stopped tweeting stupid shit about a year ago” one was pretty good, to be fair.

  4. Pro Forma says:

    I was going to say something similar, but Colleen beat me too it. I too sympathize with your situation, but the two are not equivalent, mainly because we knew from the beginning that Zimmerman was the one doing the pursuing and that the two would not ever have had an encounter had Zimmerman not sought it out. Some other salient points:

    1. Originally it was Trayvon who was assumed guilty without investigation (reasonable doubt). That was the whole point of the outrage. Zimmerman’s story was taken at face value without further investigation.
    2. The outrage was also at the ridiculousness of the stand-your-ground laws, which places the burden of proof on the dead person – i.e., the one who can no longer defend him/herself.
    3. Trayvon doesn’t have to be 100% innocent for Zimmerman to be guilty. Even bad people are protected from being murdered. The burden of proof is on the person doing the shooting. Unfortunately for Zimmerman, he was recorded saying he was pursuing Trayvon and not the other way around. That’s not anyone’s definition of self-defense, and that is the only situation that matters in terms of who was guilty or innocent in this particular situation.
    4. None of this is even remotely related to what this guy was tweeting during the Super Bowl. He was making racist and homophobic statements, not urging people to re-examine the Tayvon Martin case. The only connection is that he used Trayvon’s name.

  5. Pro Forma says:

    You are right on target regarding the warped notion of free speech. I often get the sense that some people think free speech means they’re allowed to say whatever stupid thought comes into their head without being criticized for it.

    A similar misconception that has wide currency is the idea that everyone’s opinion has equal weight: the biologist’s and the unschooled Bible thumper can both opine on evolution and both opinions should be given the same consideration. No! No! No!

  6. Juli Kring says:

    This creep is about as “funny” as Daniel Tosh talking abut rape.

  7. Of course. But that wasn’t the discussion my progressive friends were having. They were saying that it was a clear sign of innocence that he was leaving a 7-11 with skittles and didn’t have a gun. My kids were leaving a 7-11 too without a gun. My point was that there was a lot of argumentation going on that was far too simple for what the situation deserved.

  8. PDQ says:

    What would explain such behavior by this tool you might ask?

    Complications of tertiary syphilis include:

    brain damage: Depending on which part is damaged,
    symptoms could range from motor effects (such as tremors) to mood
    disorders (such as having delusions of grandeur).

  9. Darrell West says:

    Racism in this country is getting trouble it make sick

  10. karmanot says:

    I would include Ann Coulter in that category.

  11. karmanot says:

    Clearly it’s possible to be lower than scum of the earth. God I’m so sick of these cretins and the media that feeds them.

  12. Bill_Perdue says:

    Racist vermin.

  13. pappyvet says:

    Snort…Guffaw !…absoluely !

  14. Ninong says:

    Will a reporter ask Miss Lindsey to comment on Kincannon?

  15. BeccaM says:

    I disagree. He’s not a typical Republican bigot. Kincannon has taken it to a whole new level and achieved the status of extraordinary and exceptional Republican bigot.

  16. Ninong says:

    Todd is unique. He’s in a new species: Homo kincannon microphalus.

    Here’s the proof:

  17. BeccaM says:

    There are some people on this planet I am glad never to have met or known, simply because they’re appalling human beings with no grace, dignity, or decency.

    Todd Kincannon is one of them.

    I’d like to know if the GOP disavows him and his racist, anti-gay hate speech.

  18. benb says:

    “A number of Todd’s cases have received extensive press coverage in local and national media outlets. High profile cases, particularly those involving politics, present unique problems in terms of legal advocacy. Todd enjoys the difficult task of finding solutions that work both politically and legally.”

    from: “The Kincanon Firm”:

  19. pappyvet says:

    “Kincannon bristles at the suggestion that he’s a typical Republican bigot”………he’s a typical republican bigot

  20. colleen2 says:

    I got violently mugged by a young boy leaving a 7-11 with no gun back in
    2002. He and his friend tried to strangle me to death, and did a fairly
    good job of it. So I took issue with some of the assumptions that some
    progressive were bringing to the discussion.

    I am genuinely sorry this happened to you but, unless you stalked those kids from a vehicle and then ran them down through back yards and public streets and then, when you ran them to ground, demanded they treat you as if you had police powers. If you did do those things the kids who tried to strangle you were protecting themselves and had every right to do so.

  21. GoBlue says:

    “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift is still being read in schools hundreds of years after the death of Swift. I doubt the same will be said of Kincannon’s tweets.

  22. slappymagoo says:

    I hope someone brutally murders Todd Kilcannon. Just puts a shotgun in his mouth, makes him poop himself in terror, pulls the trigger then posts the pictures on TMZ.

    What? It’s satire! It’s thought-provoking! As much thought as a dead poop-stained Todd Kilcannon is capable of, anyway.

    But seriously, I hope he’s killed, brutally.


  23. OhNoYouDont says:

    And if you have ever seen the cock shots he sent to people, you’d know you just described his lack of “manhood” dead nuts on.

    Cockshot link goes to Wonkette article.

  24. O wait, were those ‘jokes?’ hmmm, but… aren’t jokes supposed to be uh, funny?

  25. dcinsider says:

    Secession works! Why not East Carolina?

  26. iamlegion says:

    It’s amazing how brave tiny-penised little sociopaths can be on the Internet.

  27. jovan1984 says:

    I forgot to mention that three of the five aforementioned counties have not voted GOP since 1972. Bamberg County last voted GOP in 1986. My home county of Barnwell last voted GOP in 2004.

  28. jovan1984 says:

    People like him, Nikki Haley, Mark Sanford, Lee Bright, Jim DeMint and Tim Scott have done nothing but disgrace South Carolina. And then a lot of people in this state get all offended when people from other states form extremely negative opinions of this state.

    What they need to do is suck it up and realize that they themselves are the cause of why SC is shown in such a bad light. That is why the eastern part of the CSRA (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Orangeburg counties) have voted for the Democrats in the last four elections (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012).

  29. Randy Riddle says:

    A fascinating black hole of concentrated hate. Here’s hoping he self destructs like a spectacular supernova.

  30. wesmorgan1 says:

    Name Kincannon what he is (and I don’t use the words lightly) – he’s an attention whore. He’s, at best, a Limbaugh/Beck partisan wanna-be, of which the Internet offers tens of thousands of examples.

  31. Indigo says:

    Stay classy, Repukelicans, stay classy!

  32. Yeah a number of folks thought it was a fake account. But he went on HuffPost for an interview, he’s real. He’s a Limbaugh. That’s all you need to know. But what’s said, and telling, is that this guy rose through the ranks of the Republican party in South Carolina. He is a southern Republican.

  33. Kes says:

    When I started seeing these circulate on FB, I went and checked the @ToddKincannon twitter feed, and starting assuring everyone that it was an obvious troll account. I mean…he was retweeting other people calling him a communist, and obscene jokes, and all kinds of ridiculous things. I’m almost wondering if HuffPo’s interview is actually some sort of early April Fool’s on everybody. Can Kincannon seriously be THAT stupid? Is he trying to win the Douche of the Year Award?

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