Whenever tragedy strikes, the American Left is guaranteed to exploit it against their domestic enemies, no matter where in the world it happens.
Earlier today, a reporter asked President Donald Trump if he “see[s] white nationalism as a rising threat around the world” in the wake of Thursday’s mosque shootings in New Zealand. Trump’s answer:
I don’t, really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s a case. I don’t know enough about it yet, they’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing, terrible thing.
This is a perfectly defensible answer. It’s somewhat more prevalent in Europe, and Trump allowed for the possibility New Zealand could be an example. But here in the United States, white nationalists are a loud, tiny, impotent fringe, and they only seem large because the Left chooses to amplify them as a political boogeyman.
At this point, the shooter’s motives appear to be a hodgepodge of white nationalism and various other ideologies, with a dash of what can only be described as trolling. Here are some of the details of his manifesto, courtesy of Breitbart:
The document is riddled with white nationalist talking points, and the shooter describes himself as a “fascist.” He also castigates Muslims as “the most despised group of invaders in the west.”
Yet elsewhere in the document, the shooter describes himself as a socialist, “depending on the definition.” The shooter also declares his support for “environmentalism,” “worker’s rights,” and “responsible markets” […]
Parts of the manifesto appear to be insincere trolling, aimed at sowing confusion about his motivations. At one point, the shooter blames his action on popular video game titles, saying “Spyro the Dragon 3 taught me ethno-nationalism” and that “Fortnite trained me to be a killer.”
Elsewhere in the document, the shooter identifies black conservative Candace Owens — obviously neither a white nationalist nor a supporter of violence — as the “person that has influenced me above all.” In a video posted online, the shooter also tells viewers to “subscribe to PewDiePie” — the pseudonym of Felix Kjellberg, a comedian and video game streamer who runs the most-subscribed channel on YouTube and whose content is majority non-political.
Despite all this, former CIA operative and CNN analyst Bob Baer sees only one thing. If you guessed that one thing would be a “dog whistle,” give yourself a pat on the back. From Mediaite:
“He’s appealing to his base,” Baer said matter-of-factly. “This is dog whistle politics and it is racism. You can’t describe it any other way.”
Baer then said this: “When he called immigrants animals it was the same as Adolf Hitler used to call foreigners animals… It’s the same politics. It’s neo-Nazism. He may not advocate violence, but for a lot of people that listen to him as Juliette said, its an incitement to violence.”
Juliette Kayyam, former Obama administration Deptuty Secretary of Homeland Security, piled on:
This is a consistent feature of the president of taking one thing that say an African-American or a Muslim or an immigrant does and imploding that into a national emergency and then refusing to look at the totality of circumstances of the threat that right-wing extremism poses […] The president knows exactly what he’s doing. I cannot get into his heart, but what I can say is that the failure to condemn this from the top as compared to say what the New Zealand prime minister did gives a sense of acceptance if not lack of condemnation to those who believe it.
I’d call these two insane, but that would imply they don’t know exactly what they’re doing.
Trump did condemn the shooting. He has consistently condemned racism (that Charlottesville “very fine people” quote liberals won’t shut up about was referring to the debate over tearing down historical statutes, not skinheads). The only thing he won’t do is play along with your slanderous hysteria.
Which, of course, you take as “proof” of said slanderous hysteria. See how the con works?
You know what the scariest thing about this story is? That these two hysterical liars used to be responsible for protecting us from would be murderers…
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