In a scathing monologue Thursday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ruthlessly excoriated congressional Democrats for their shameless attempt to politicize a vigil for a deceased student.
As previously reported by BPR, on Wednesday dozens, if not hundreds, of STEM School Highlands Ranch students walked out in anger after two congressional Democrats and a far-left group politicized a vigil for a student who was killed during a mass shooting at the Colorado school Tuesday.
According to students who attended the event, the speakers at the vigil — Democrat Rep. Jason Crow, Democrat. Sen. Michael Bennet and Laura Reeves, an activist with the radical gun-control group Moms Demand Action — had sought to exploit 18-year-old student Kendrick Castillo’s death to score political points against the gun lobby and drum up more votes for Democrats.
As of Friday morning, none of the three had apologized.
“What vultures these people are. …. For the politicians, devastated children and grieving families were just political props — props they could use to increase their own power at the expense of other people’s freedom,” Carlson said in anger Thursday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“That is their reaction to every problem and every tragedy,” he added.
He wasn’t wrong. Members of the increasingly radical left have a track record of exploiting tragedies to score political points against their ideological/political foes.
For instance, after a white nationalist opened fire at a synagogue in California last month, killing 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kayee, radical socialist Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez rushed to social media to attack the GOP-led Senate and push for gun control:
Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover.
We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 27, 2019
Bodies aren’t even cold and you’re standing on their graves to promote legislation that won’t have any effect. https://t.co/NzvkQwKUxm
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) April 27, 2019
Crow, Bennet and Reeves did the same Wednesday at STEM School Highlands Ranch, with Crow reportedly complaining that “thoughts and prayers” are “empty and hollow” gestures, and with all three reportedly touting the need for more radical gun-control legislation. Reeves reportedly went so far as to encourage the mourning kids to vote Democrats into office.
“This could have been stopped if you have given me more power,” Carlson said in mockery of her Thursday. “Of course, in reality, Washington has been getting more and more power for decades and has not been making our kids happier or healthier. Guns have been part of American life since day one. School shootings have only been routine within our lifetimes.”
“There are a lot of possible explanations for this,” he continued. “We don’t seem to be talking about any of them. The kids in Colorado were, though. They chanted, ‘Mental health.’ And they are right. But it is not enough to say we need more mental healthcare. It is also worth asking why we need it.
“Why do so many kids have so many more mental health problems? It’s not your imagination. It’s real. It is measurable. It is being measured, though not addressed.”
Powerful moment when STEM School kids spontaneously started shouting, “mental health! Mental health!“ Anguish at adults not recognizing their pain and the pain of their classmates. #stemschoolshooting pic.twitter.com/8U0lAfh64o
— Jenny Brundin (@CPRBrundin) May 9, 2019
For some inexplicable reason Democrats tend to avoid discussions about mental health (possibly because of their own mental health problems, but that’s another issue for another day). Yet the evidence shows that mental health problems among children have “risen dramatically.”
“In the past decade, teen depression has risen dramatically, as have teen suicides,” Carlson noted. “They are connected, of course. Between 2008 and 2017, the percentage of adolescents with depression symptoms rose 52 percent. Among kids 15 to 24, suicides are up almost 50 percent. That’s a horrifying number. No one mentions it.”
Certainly not Democrats.
“Millions of American children are on drugs for ADHD, anxiety, other mental health problems. But why? What is driving this? Is it the breakdown in the family? Is it too much screen time? Is it something in the food? We don’t really know. That is the actual tragedy. And as long as our leaders’ preferred response to this tragedy is opportunism, we never will know,” he concluded.
What’s perhaps most amazing about what happened at STEM School Highlands Ranch is that neither Crow, Bennet nor Reeves have apologized. Rather, they appear to have doubled down.
“It is my job to show up and support my community during times of tragedy,” Crow said in a statement Thursday. “I grieve for what Highlands Ranch and our families have been through.”
“The last few days I have been asked the same question over and over again: what are you doing to stop this from happening. It is my job to take tough questions and offer real solutions. Bottomline, everyone needs to listen to those most impacted by this violence to learn how we can move forward, and that begins with listening to the students of STEM School.”
Some would argue that it should begin with him apologizing for not listening to the students of STEM School and instead lecturing them about why praying is bad and gun control is good …
Democrat @RepJasonCrow is refusing to apologize for politicizing the vigil for the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting which caused students to storm out because they felt like they were being used https://t.co/lDWCQ5xios
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 9, 2019
Reeves meanwhile issued her own unremorseful statement to the left-wing media.
“I feel terrible. They did not feel represented. I get it,” The Daily Beast, a radically far-left outlet, quoted Reeves as saying Thursday. “This was put together in such a short time. I know they did their best. Emotions are raw and sad. They are grieving. They need to express their feelings. They need to be together. I am hoping their school can help facilitate that conversation beyond this week.”
And here meanwhile is what the organization she represents, Moms Demand Action, has been posting to social media:
When it comes to the safety of our children, Moms Demand Action will never be silenced.
Join us: Text READY to 644-33 to volunteer with a Moms Demand Action chapter near you. pic.twitter.com/T0gMxo69v3
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) May 9, 2019
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