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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I blame Tim Kaine's rhetoric

Democrat James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, shot Republican  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana this morning.

Politico tried to shame Republicans for blaming Democrats -- even though Hodgkinson was a member of Democratic groups that are rabidly anti-Republican.

From Politico:
Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting
The 1,000-word story didn't have the decency to use the victim's name.

Politico is slick in de-humanizing Republicans.

We no longer rate having names -- except to denounce us.

From the story:
Conservative radio host Michael Savage tweeted “I warned America the Dems constant drumbeat of hatred would lead to violence!”
DrudgeReport highlighted left-wing Twitter users who “celebrated” the shooting.
InfoWars, a right-wing site known for at times pushing conspiracy theories, immediately called the shooter a “leftist gunman” who participated in a "media-inspired terror attacks.”
"We have been warning for months that the mainstream media’s hysterical anti-Trump narrative and the left’s insistence that Trump is illegitimate will radicalize demented social justice warriors and prompt them to lash out with violence,” the article continues. "It looks like that’s exactly what happened today. The blood is on their hands.”
“When will the mainstream media stop radicalizing domestic terrorists with their hysterical anti-Trump narrative?” the article said in a following update once the shooter was identified.
Mike Cernovich, a “new right” Twitter celebrity who co-hosts an InfoWars radio show said on Twitter, “The fake news media is inciting violence, @RealAlexJones and I warned this would happen on yesterday's broadcast.”
Breitbart, the site formerly run by chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, was more careful. Editor-at-large Joel Pollack wrote that the incident "may have been a deliberate, premeditated act of political violence” and if true, "would be one of the worst acts of political violence in the United States in decades.”
How dare you Republicans bitch.

Politico did not act that way when a mentally ill Jared Lee Loughner shot Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Although was not a Republican, Politico headlined its coverage:
Violence and politics merge
Wrong. Loughner's high-school friend Zach Osler said, "He did not watch TV; he disliked the news; he didn't listen to political radio; he didn't take sides; he wasn't on the Left; he wasn't on the Right."

Nevertheless, Politico reported after the 2011 shooting:
The references to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 echoed in other ways. That horror, which killed 168 people including many children, helped then-President Bill Clinton stigmatize extreme anti-government rhetoric and re-energize his presidency at a time when Newt Gingrich and conservative Republicans were riding high in Congress.
One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”
This Democrat said that the time had come to insist that Republicans stand up when, for example, a figure such as Fox News commentator Glenn Beck says something incendiary.
They tried to connect a bombing when Loughner was four to his shooting spree in Tuscon.

A shooting spree that had nothing to do with politics.

Of course, other outlets blamed Sarah Palin.

Guy Benson at Townhall quoted a Paul Krugman column:
When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised? Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen? ...there’s not much question what has’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.
Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.  And there’s a huge contrast in the media.
...So will the Arizona massacre make our discourse less toxic? It’s really up to G.O.P. leaders. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric? Or will they try to dismiss the massacre as the mere act of a deranged individual, and go on as before?
Shall we blame Tim Kaine for this shooting of a Republican congressman by a registered Democrat?

Of course. Not only is his rhetoric extremist, but Kaine's son was arrested for disrupting a Republican rally.

So will the shooting of Scalise make our discourse less toxic? It’s really up to Democratic Party leaders. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric? Or will they try to dismiss the shooting as the mere act of a deranged individual, and go on as before?

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  1. All BS, rhetoric doesn't kill people. Guns don't kill people, it's the person himself. He was a bad dude and got taken out.
    Be very careful,a wacky conservative can do the same to democrats and you would get the same bs thrown in our face. None of this "oh the newspaper made me do it "
    What we need is to make every individual responsible for his own action, not the nanny state.

    1. Guns don't kill people. Bernie Sanders' volunteers kill people.

    2. Dude have you been living in a cave since Trump was inaugurated and not seen or heard the daily outrage, hatred, and violence spewed by the leftist media and dnc? You don't think that has anything to do wiht this, and that this was just some unattached free agent? Do you know what this guy had been saying on social media? You are not connecting the dots.

  2. They'll attack guns, as usual (already), as if they jump in the hands of crazies and launch bullets downrange by themselves. Nothing will change in their aggression--they have no other message.

    Little reported today: The recent Portland killer psycho was also a rabid Sanders follower.

    1. Goes with the territory. The only excuse for supporting a Commie is being young-and-dumb, or old-and-psycho.

  3. So, will the Navy name a ship after Steve Scalise?

    1. Expect the dems, in a few years, to christen the U.S.S. Hodgkinson.

  4. Hell, we've seen this coming since the '00 election.

  5. The mainstream media’s and Democrat's hysterical anti-Trump narrative and the left’s insistence that Trump is illegitimate could radicalize demented social justice warriors and prompt them to lash out with violence. So if young Muslims can be radicalized by ISIS propaganda, why not SJWs by the Left's rhetoric.

    1. Well said.

      Time to drop the Mother Of All Lawsuits.

    2. And have some Lib judge throw it out? Gotta disagree, Dave. It is time for a New Army of the Potomac.

  6. The Dems' deliberate obtuseness grates on me and on many others.

  7. Be smart, buy more ammo.

  8. Don, I appreciate your patience and observance in waiting to discuss this story. I think the fallout has been nearly as violent as the attack itself as it has been followed up with "Take that" and "You deserve it" and "it's all your fault".

    Victim-blaming is as old as the book of Job when his friends asked him what he had done to make God curse him. But this has taken it to an all new level. Not only has the media not offered to take responsibility for their incitement, nor has the D leadership, but rather they've poured fuel on it.

    Excusing behavior is the surest way to encourage more of it.

    It's as if Politico picked up the gun when the shooter dropped it and is aiming at its next victim. They killed truth long ago.

  9. I wonder if the Democrat leadership could even stop what they've been creating for some time now. Finding the source of funding for these groups and taking them out, one way or another, might be a good place to focus.