Thursday, June 15, 2017

After The Shooting At A Congressional Baseball Practice Right Wingers Rush To Blame "The Left"

Yesterday a lone gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia wounding at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers.

The shooter was killed during the incident.

At the time the FBI was actively investigating the shooter and his potential motivations and have stated that it is still too early to determine the shooters motivation.

Yet, before the shooters name was even made public right wing partisan were trying to score political points with only the sparsest of facts available to them.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was at the practice and after the shooting called Fox News and said that while he was getting in a car to leave, “There was a guy who walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republican or Democrats" out on the field at the time. DeSantis added, however, that he wasn’t sure if the man who walked up to him was the shooter, and there are conflicting reports about what the shooter was wearing.

Regardless Fox News, sensing a chance to sow division and open up a talking point that would enrage their viewers ran with DeSantis statement within minutes!...


As it was only Republicans who were shot so the inference was clear.

After the shooter was named as 66 year old James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Belleville, Illinois, the right officially let loose. All this despite the fact that Hodgkinson had a long criminal record, a history of violence towards women and appears to have been suffering from mental illness and living out of his van for three months.

None of that mattered as they had political points to score and a rabid base that needed their talking points for their internet rants that night...

Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump‘s most prominent surrogates, appeared on Fox's Outnumbered,  railed against “the increasing intensity of hostility on the left”...

"You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left. I talk to college students regularly who say to me, if they openly are for Trump, they get threatened with getting beaten up, some of them get death threats. The intensity on the left that is very real, whether it is somebody holding up, a so-called comedian holding up the president’s head and blood, or whether it’s right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can’t find any common language to talk. This intensity has been building, I think since election night."

Rep. Steve King  (R-Iowa) also blaming “the left” for the mass shooting telling the Washington Post:

America has been divided and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left."

FACT CHECK: Kim Weaver, the Democratic nominee who planned to challenge King for his seat next year, had to drop out of the race earlier this month, citing death threats.


Lou Dobbs said on his Fox Business show...

"As we have seen the secular left rise and hostility within it rise, it has become a threat to domestic order, and to this administration. It's irrational, and there is no, if you will, mitigation on the part of the national left-wing media. Indeed, they have become collaborators, accomplices in those acts of subversion and the effort to undercut this lawful administration. This is something we've never experienced."

Eric Bolling of Fox News’ The Specialists blamed the shooting on a “sea change” in how liberals talk about political opponents. He pointed to examples like Democrats saying the GOP health care bill would kill people, as well as Snoop Dogg‘s music video featuring a Trump stand-in being shot and Kathy Griffin‘s recent photoshoot....

...Snoop Dogg's gun, Kathy Griffin's head, Shakespeare's bloody rampage -- it goes on and on. How many innocent people have to die before we realize that words do matter? Crazy people act on the crazy things they hear from politicians and celebrities. Think before you utter those blind, hateful words next time, liberals, because there are crazy people out there taking your metaphors literally."

Jesse Watters of Fox News' The Five said of the shooter...

Sadly, this is par for the course for a hardcore, anti-Trump Democrat.”... “This violence is only coming from one side recently. People need to think, ‘What’s the common denominator here?’ If this were Republicans and Trump supporters going out there rioting and burning things and shooting Democrats, it’d be a whole other story.

Tucker Carlson claimed the left advocating for the shooting so they can destroy America...

That is why shooting a congressman for party affiliation is worse than killing a man in a bar because he hit on your wife. They are both horrifying and immoral, but only one could lead to civil war. Some on the hard left understand this and that’s exactly why they support it because political violence could lead to the dissolution of a country they despise.

Greg Gutfeld of Fox News' "The Five" chimed in with this...

"Socialism has always advocated revolution. Radical leftism has always advocated violent revolution. So, this guy was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media. He was radicalized. He was troubled, he was a violent disgusting human being, but he ingested this information."

Donald Trump Jr. linked the shooting with New York’s Public Theater’s controversial production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” a play meant to illustrate the futility of political violence which was obviously lost on him....


Michael Savage, the fringe wingnut radio talker tweeted...


Joe Walsh, another rabid conservative talk show host tweeted......


Wayne Allyn Root, a right-wing commentator, conspiracy theorist and Trump toadie...


And let's not forget the people they were preaching to.

Here are some social media posts from the right wing gen-pop that has been making the rounds through the day/night...













Meanwhile, David Frum, a conservative speechwriter for President George W. Bush, summed up the real problem perfectly...


Then there is the uncomfortable fact that according to the shooter's social media indicates he also hated Hillary Clinton & voted for Jill Stein.

As if it mattered this was the 153rd mass shooting of the year, in just 165 days.

Mass shootings in 2017 are so far outpacing the rate seen in recent years.

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