In the wake of tragedy, many of us tend to look to our elected leaders to guide us through any murky morality of the issue. Not the morality of the heinous acts, which are obviously tremendously evil, but whether to assign a level of responsibility to those who did not perpetrate the evil.
Looking to politicians for moral guidance is problematic in itself, but that’s a topic for another time. For now, we have to examine how polarized something as simple as responsibility has become.
The Democrats have already typecast Trump as a racist bigot, the embodiment of irredeemable white supremacist hatred. Even when he isn’t.
The key word in that leftist description of Trump is “irredeemable.” He can’t do anything to repair his image with the left, and it’s not his fault. They hate him, and the mere fact that he won in 2016 has driven them over the edge.
They will call him out for supposedly not condemning white supremacy, and when he does, they will just respond with the same irrational hatefulness.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” the president said in a speech Monday. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”
Sounds like something any sane person would want to hear, right? Not for leftists in dire need of some political momentum.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer teamed up to bash the president for not being gun-grabby enough, calling him “a prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA” while also lying about him backing off background check legislation, according to The Hill.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Russian collusion conspiracy theorist Jerry Nadler joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to decry Trump’s “divisive and racist rhetoric” that “people have warned … would lead to violence.”
Those were comments from some of Trump’s current political foes. What about his potential opponents in the 2020 general election?
Here’s long shot Cory Booker, a New Jersey senator and highly educated liberal elite who uses profanity and bad Spanish to pander.
The president is weak. And wrong.
White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 5, 2019
Self-proclaimed “top-tier candidate” Sen. Kamala Harris of California doesn’t seem to care what Trump says, even when it reads like one of her campaign speeches.
Trump has emboldened white nationalism across our country. He needs to go. pic.twitter.com/BvWfPXVxe3
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 5, 2019
“He has emboldened [white supremacy], he has given it power, he has elevated it, he has coddled it, and he’s got to stop,” Harris said. “We have a president of the United States who has embraced white nationalism, OK? And any words that he speaks today I find to be empty.”
OK, Kamala. He stopped. Regardless of the fact that he never did what you say he did, he came out against it Monday. I’m sure you’ll praise his stunning bravery for alienating millions of “racist” supporters and standing up to bigotry, right?
Of course not. You’re too busy using a tragedy to plug your floundering campaign.
Here is Harris repeating her absurd push for gun confiscation, apparently by royal decree:
We don’t lack good ideas when it comes to gun safety reforms — people lack the courage to act. That’s why, when elected president, I’m prepared to take executive action and save lives. pic.twitter.com/6qrOzwOu3y
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 5, 2019
Bless your heart, Kamala, there’s no shortage of toilet paper in America. We don’t have to use the Constitution.
Although that was a bad one, the worst take of the ordeal went to “losing upward” poster child Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. Not only did the former Texas congressman blame Trump personally, but he pulled quotes out of context in yet another attempt to slander the president.
Only a racist, driven by fear, could witness what took place this weekend—and instead of standing up to hatred, side with a mass murderer’s call to make our country more white. We are so much better than this president. https://t.co/SYMT77fbOf
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 5, 2019
All of this outrage is, in a word, outrageous.
We are all right to be saddened and angered by monstrous acts of violence, and I have no doubt that these politicians are feeling the same way.
The problem is how they use these emotions. They’re so blinded by their hatred of Donald Trump that they simply have to blame him, regardless of his reaction to the attack. They try to draw distinctions between themselves and the evil man so that they can defeat him and serve their own purposes.
Even when he agrees with them.
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