The suspected gunman who opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., killing 10 people including a police officer, has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
Alissa is Muslim and his family emigrated to America in 2002 from Syria, and he has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder. Once named, much of the media cited Alissa’s brother to establish that he “may have been suffering from mental illness,” reporting that the motive behind the shooting was unclear.
As for narratives, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a refugee from Somalia, responded to Alissa being named the shooter to essentially flip reality on its head and suggest that pushing narratives based on ethnicity is harmful.
Unless the gunman is white, of course. In fact, before it was known that the suspect was Arab, that was the narrative: yet another white man shooting up the community. A narrative that was pushed by the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, who later noted that she deleted a tweet about her “assumption.”
I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting. I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 23, 2021
“The shooter’s race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white,” Omar tweeted on Tuesday. “Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day. Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted.”
The shooter’s race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white.
Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day.
Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 23, 2021
But then, this is from the woman who once mocked Americans for being fearful of the militant Islamic terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Omar would further take issue with people noting that Alissa was Muslim, as seen in the tweet below:
So “he's Muslim" is trending, did I miss "he's Christian" trending for last week’s Atlanta mass murderer? pic.twitter.com/1UHU6Iens5
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 23, 2021
Adding to the rank hypocrisy is that just one week ago, Omar herself was transfixed on ethnicity when a white gunman shot and killed eight people in Atlanta, including six people of Asian descent.
The Democratic lawmaker had no issue then denouncing “white mass murderers.”
It isn’t hard to understand why it’s so normalized for law enforcement to protect the humanity of white mass murderers and their willingness to continually make excuses them. https://t.co/HXPD62lPRu
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 17, 2021
Suffice it to say, Omar was lit up for her duplicity by a number of blue check Twitter accounts on the right, and others.
Here’s a sampling of those responses from Twitter:
Starts with obviously untrue sentence. Follow with debunked smear perpetrated by Aaron Rupar. Decries “narratives” to push narrative.
Yep, that’s an Ilhan Omar tweet alright. https://t.co/xGTUJ6Jweq
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) March 23, 2021
This shooter’s race and ethnicity was front and center yesterday when we didn’t even know what it was and just assumed it was white. https://t.co/KTnKDhQ1To
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) March 23, 2021
It’s literally the opposite though. https://t.co/aRyLbndkrl
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) March 23, 2021
This literally works both ways, @IlhanMN so take your own advice. Maybe that’s how we find justice instead of hyperventilating to blame each other about everything all the time. I invite you – as a leader – to take the first step and then keep walking forward. https://t.co/MPeiJIuEYs
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) March 23, 2021
Coming from you, an actual racist, this take holds no water.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) March 23, 2021
NARRATOR: It’s literally the opposite.
LITERALLY, the shooter’s race or ethnicity is only thing when they’re white. https://t.co/nXnUgSj2fS
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 23, 2021
The suspect’s social media posts espoused a lot of the same views that you have stated. Some of it is almost verbatim.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 23, 2021
Wait.. What?! pic.twitter.com/VZfYfnMwJl
— شيصبان (@Scheisaban) March 24, 2021
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