Two separate narratives have emerged regarding alleged synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, who on Saturday opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing at least 11.
The first narrative — a media favorite — describes him as a right-leaning fanatic whose views on the incoming caravan from Central America appear to be in lockstep with the Republican Party.
The second narrative centers more-so on his virulent antisemitism and anti-Trump rage, both of which some commenters have noted matches the rhetoric of the Democrat Party.
Touted by left-wing commentators on CNN, the first narrative focuses on posts Bowers recently published on the social media website Gab in which he blamed the incoming caravan of migrants and illegal immigrant on HIAS, a Jewish refugee agency.
Robert Bowers latest Gab post. pic.twitter.com/uGK6jyRn8v
— Katherine Stark (@AErysichthon) October 27, 2018
“Several of the messages that he was posting was against a Jewish refugee resettlement agency. One of the points he was making is that this agency is bringing people in, Jews in, and he said, among many other things, that ‘my people’ are being slaughtered,” a CNN anchor noted Saturday.
“This is also what you hear on the far right. On talk radio, you hear about an alleged invasion that obviously is not really happening,” CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter added. “That’s the rhetoric on the far right.”
Some have however speculated that the caravan is being financed by Democrat operatives linked to left-wing billionaire George Soros. But this speculation isn’t rooted in antisemitism — it’s rooted in Soros’ track record of funding left-wing causes.
BREAKING: Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time. Soros? US-backed NGOs? Time to investigate the source! pic.twitter.com/5pEByiGkkN
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 17, 2018
Nobody would be surprised to find out this is true…except uninformed people who vote despite not even knowing who Soros is…or Saul Alinsky…or about the Cloward–Piven strategy…
Watch–Louie Gohmert: ‘Perhaps Soros’ is ‘Funding’ Caravan for Midterms https://t.co/MKcnsbtfWn
— Michael J. Fell (@MichaelJFell) October 23, 2018
The second narrative places the spotlight on Bowers’ hatred for both the Jewish people and President Donald Trump, whom he’d accused of being under Jewish control.
“Bowers made his hatred of Trump clear,” Slate magazine noted in a report Saturday. “‘Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist,’ he wrote two days ago. ‘There is no #MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation.’ At another point, Bowers reposted a message that suggested Trump was under the control of Jews, who are out to destroy Western civilization.”
Below are some screenshots of his anti-Trump Gab posts:
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Robert Bowers:
“For the record, I did not vote for [Trump] nor have I owned, worn or even touched a maga hat.”
— Fact REAL (@FactREAL) October 28, 2018
Screenshots from Pittsburgh Shooter’s Robert Bowers Gab account.
Anti-Trump, Anti-Q, “Jews control everything” nutcase.
His Gab acct has already been swiped. Wonder by who. pic.twitter.com/UaRqar8RyG
— Jordan Sather (@Jordan_Sather_) October 27, 2018
This bigoted rhetoric about the Jewish people perfectly matches the hateful anti-Jewish rhetoric frequently used by the Democrat Party and its allies, including Nation of Islam found Rev. Louis Farrakhan and anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour.
Some have noted that the shooting occurred only days after Farrakhan described Jews as “termites” in a Twitter post that still remains posted despite widespread condemnation from the Jewish community and their conservative allies.
Look at that post below:
I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
In a piece for the Chicago Tribune earlier this year, columnist John Kass argued that the Democrats’ silence regarding Farrakhan’s rhetoric is telling.
“[F]ew if any Democratic voices are being raised against Farrakhan. The Congressional Black Caucus certainly won’t condemn him. And white Democrats aren’t demanding condemnation either. They don’t want to risk losing votes,” he wrote.
“This silence is dangerous. And it incites and gives hateful license to some on the hard right, provoking equally hateful views. What we’re witnessing is the Balkanizing of the United States. And the left’s silence about Louis Farrakhan is the canary in the coal mine.”
It’s because of this silence that many on social media are puzzled by the left’s rush to blame Bowers’ actions on conservatives, when in reality it would appear his views align far more closely with theirs:
#Democrats..Dem/MSMtards go all-in blaming Trump for the synagogue shooting but they should consider reviewing this one posting Bowers sent: “Diversity means chasing down the last white person”..this falls into line with the anti-Semite, Musim Proud, Louis Farrakhan teachings.
— You Reap What You Sow (@TAClapper1) October 28, 2018
Nothing you say makes sense. Trump is probably the most pro-Israel president the US has ever had. Robert Bowers acknowledged this, and openly identified as being ANTI-trump.
Meanwhile, leftists actively hate Israel because of Palestine, and take pictures with Farrakhan.
— Jack (@Avarice98) October 28, 2018
The left supports Farrakhan who is antisemitic, Robert D. Bowers(the shooter) was antisemitic, by liberal rules Robert D. Bowers is one of them.
— Still your president for 6 glorious years🌟🌟🌟 (@Try_Facts_Libs) October 28, 2018
Robert Bowers, the cowardice, low-life shooter,referred to Jews as a “kike infestation”. Farrakhan called Jews, “termites”. Tell me again ,why this is not being roundly condemned as inciindiary language by the MSM? pic.twitter.com/yFxWuNsU4t
— ❤️M.Smithton❤️Red High Heels❤️👠💋 (@smithton_m) October 27, 2018
Who is more likely to have provoked Robert Bowers today in Pittsburgh:
A. Louis Farrakhan,who hangs with Al Sharpton and Joe Biden and calls Jews “Termites” or…
— Abraham Trump (@_I_LikeTurtles) October 27, 2018
Robert Bowers was anti semitic Nazi who hates Trump and posts that Trump is controlled by Jewish people. So maybe you should be on Farrakhan’s account talking to him about rhetoric.
— B. A. Franklin (@SGVukas) October 27, 2018
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