This week the nation suffered yet another mass shooting that took the lives of ten innocent people. The frequency of these tragedies are unique to the United States, where guns are far too easily accessible and right-wing politicians refuse to do anything about it.
In Buffalo, New York, the latest shooting was the work of an avowed white supremacist who detailed his hateful intentions in a manifesto that was posted online. There was no ambiguity about the killer’s motivations. “This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community.” As reported by NBC News…
“A manifesto apparently written by the suspect in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket that killed 10 laid out specific plans to attack Black people and repeatedly cited the ‘Great Replacement’ Theory, the false idea that a cabal is attempting to replace white Americans with non-white people through immigration, interracial marriage and eventually violence.”
In his manifesto the shooter says that he was “radicalized” online. He mentions online havens of bigotry such as 4chan and the Nazi website, Stormfront. But the foul philosophy that he espoused has also been broadcast on a regular basis by Tucker Carlson and others on Fox News.
Carlson was not the least bit shy about his adherence to the noxious notions that comprise the racist theory. He advocated it proudly and explicitly saying…
“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term “replacement,” if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World. But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually.”
Even worse, Carlson’s rhetoric overtly suggested resorting to violence as a means of crushing the future of diversity that he feared…
“If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So every time they import a new voter, I become disenfranchised as a current voter. […] Why should I sit back and take that?”
So no one should be surprised that many people have recognized the resemblance of the shooter’s manifesto to the loathsome positions taken by numerous Fox News hosts. It’s impossible to pretend that the similarities don’t exist. Well, unless you’re Donald Trump Jr, who sought to absolve Fox News of any culpability in tweet responding to former Clinton Press Secretary, Joe Lockhart, who aptly observed the obvious…
The killer attacks Fox News in his manifesto. CNN is paying a guy to lie and politicize the deaths of 10 people while their bodies are still warm. https://t.co/hUXVZXRILx
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 14, 2022
The Trump spawn’s absolution of Fox News hinges on the flimsy assertion that “The killer attacks Fox News in his manifesto.” So what? Daddy Trump long ago abandoned Fox News, along with his glassy-eyed cult disciples. He declared the network “unwatchable” and laughably accused it of being aligned with the “radical left Democrats.”
What’s more, the shooter’s remarks about Fox News in his manifesto are entirely irrelevant to whether he supports Carlson’s views. He simply posted a blatantly anti-Semitic graphic that falsely labeled dozens of Fox hosts as being Jewish, and therefore, complicit with some global conspiracy to rule the world. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t also a fan of Carlson, with whom he agrees on most issues.
Criticizing the network about one thing doesn’t mean he spurns those who are clearly on his side. Despite his harsh words, Daddy Trump still engages with Carlson, Sean Hannity, and other Fox shills.
Last year the Daily Show put together a video that reveals the similarities between Carlson’s commentaries and the manifestos of two white supremacist mass shooters. Now, sadly, they need to update this with the Buffalo shooter’s manifesto.
We need to talk about plagiarism at Fox News pic.twitter.com/XFdzYA8ao7
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 9, 2021
UPDATE: If further evidence that Trump and his followers are domestic terrorists is necessary, this is video of Ted Nugent at a Trump rally in Austin, Texas, Saturday night (after the shooting) saying “I love you, but I would love you more if you went out and just went berserk on the skulls of the Democrats and the Marxists and the communists.” That’s Trump’s rally! He hasn’t renounced it. This is a rally where he charged up to $4,995 to attend.
Here is Ted Nugent calling for mass violence and political genocide.
— Nice Bomb ???? (@TheeKnifeBomb) May 15, 2022
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