Like ideologue moths to their rhetorical flames, the left can’t help but pivot everything toward an agenda-driven talking point, and President Joe Biden set the standard Saturday when he concluded “white nationalist ideology” was behind the Buffalo shooting after conceding the motivations had yet to be determined.
Payton Gendron, 18, was charged with first-degree murder Saturday evening after he allegedly opened fire at a Buffalo, NY grocery store, killing 10 and wounding three others. By all early indications the attack appeared to be “racially motivated” after it was reported the suspect had a 180 page manifesto online outlining his intent and inspirations.
However, our justice system demands that a full investigation be conducted and it is difficult to derive any other conclusion from Biden’s official statement so early in the process save for an attempt to foment more of the hate he was seeking to suppress. After issuing prayers and condolences for the lives lost and those impacted by the tragedy, he promptly pivoted to his soapbox.
“We still need to learn more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement does its work,” Biden stated sensibly, before adding, “but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation.”
The president’s statement went on, “Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America. Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with what Biden is saying on the subject of white nationalism and domestic terrorism. Unfortunately, the presumptive timing of the comments only open the door for more hateful rhetoric to potentially incite further violence.
Take Rachel Vindman for example. Wife of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — who was at the center of Trump’s first impeachment — and podcaster, she wasted little time in turning the senseless deaths of nearly a dozen people into an assault on former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
How long until the Buffalo shooter is partying at Mar-a-Lago?
— Rachel Vindman 🌻 (@natsechobbyist) May 15, 2022
“How long until the Buffalo shooter is partying at Mar-a-Lago?” she asked, before later retweeting a broader attack from her colleague, Georgia state Rep. Jasmine Clark (D).
When can we have an real, adult conversation about the intersection between domestic terrorism, white supremacist ideology and the radicalization of young, white men, and the role of right-wing media in its perpetuation?#GunViolence#BuffaloMassacre
— Representative Dr. Jasmine Clark – HD 108 (@JasmineForHD108) May 15, 2022
“When can we have an real, adult conversation about the intersection between domestic terrorism, white supremacist ideology and the radicalization of young, white men, and the role of right-wing media in its perpetuation?” Clark asked.
Many were quick to zero in on the poor timing of such an angle and suggested a lesson on decorum could be learned here.
Wow, you didn’t even wait for the blood to dry. Shameful and soulless.
— Scott Coleman (@bandphan) May 15, 2022
This is why no matter how disgusting I find republicans I also find democrats to be equally as disgusting. It’s actually quite freeing to realize how vile all of you are.
— azarmadillo 🎃🦂 (@azdilla31) May 15, 2022
— Dan 🇺🇸 (@danieltobin) May 15, 2022
Are jokes about people being murdered funny now?
— 🇵🇸🅲🅷🆄🅲🅺🇾🇪 (@benigma2017) May 15, 2022
Of course, proving the point that hateful rhetoric begets more hateful rhetoric, there were just as many opining their own vile in response to Vindman’s post.
Kyle’s probably getting his mom to drive him to see him right now.
— caraMel ❤ (@MelCase9) May 15, 2022
The darkest thing about this disturbing tweet is that it’s… entirely plausible.
— @WorldsMostHumble (@WorldsMostHumb1) May 15, 2022
They’ll have to go fund me his bail… so, by tomorrow? 🤬
— THEE GQP=christo-fascist dystopian hellscape (@Leslie_resists) May 15, 2022
At least there were plenty speaking out against the inanity of it all to add balance.
You and ALL your followers are deranged, delusional, and psychotic.
— Kristi (@Kristi_Weaver4) May 15, 2022
— H.P. Loveshaft (@HLoveshaft) May 15, 2022
Perhaps Vindman and those who follow suit of the president would have a better time listening to her own logic. She recently pointed out, “Demonizing is probably not going to be helpful, as frustrated as I get even in my relationships.”
— Dr Evil (@md_stat) May 15, 2022
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