In our toxic and brain-optional political climate, certain pundits, politicos and random Twitter dingbats have decided to spend the early days of National Child Abuse Prevention Month shooting the label ‘pedophile’ around like a spitball.

It’s outrageous, several steps beyond offensive and utterly indefensible. Though we live in an age when many of the lines you don’t cross have been run over and worn away, this particular trend crosses a line the vast majority of us can still see clearly. And it has to stop.

Senators who plan to vote in favor of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson are being labeled ‘pro-pedophile,’ a malicious assertion grounded in nonsense. People who speak out against the Florida Parental Rights in Education law – called the ‘don’t say gay’ law by opponents – are swiftly declared, by some, to be pedophiles.

From politicians to TV hosts

These horrendous claims are leveled not just by online trolls but by members of Congress and the hosts of television shows viewed by millions.

On Tuesday night, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said: ‘The Democrats are the party of pedophiles.’

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