Pittsburg Synagogue Massacre: Words Do Matter

It’s Curious That People Are Now Trying To Distance The President From His Words

“We have to go and we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques. And we have to check other places. Because this is a problem that if we don’t solve it, it’s going to eat our country alive, OK? It’s going to eat our country alive.”

This was candidate Donald Trump speaking after the Pulse nightclub massacre. And why surveillance of mosques? In case radical ideology is being preached there.

So I find it curious that people are now trying to distance the President from his rhetoric in the wake of the MAGABomber and the truly heinous massacre at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Here is Senator Marco Rubio:

Hmm…would this have been the response of the Cesar Sayoc or Robert Bowers had been Muslim? I would bet not. Muslims have been demonized ad infinitum for every act of terror committed in Islam’s name.

Of course its the case that all conservatives or supporters of the President are not to blame for the actions of Bowers and Sayoc. The many should never be blamed for the sins of the extremist few. Neither can the responsibility of those attacks be laid at the President’s feet.

At the same time, President Trump’s words do matter. What he says, the violent rhetoric he spews at his rallies, his retweeting of memes of CNN being crushed under his shoe; those things matter. The words he utters matter.

The President can’t say that his rhetoric has nothing to do with the violence of one of his supporters:

“No, not at all,” Trump said, when asked by reporters whether he is to blame for the actions of the alleged bomber, who targeted national Democrats and figures who have been critical of Trump on television and elsewhere.
“There’s no blame, there’s no anything,” Trump said as he left the White House for a political rally in North Carolina. He added that the gunman who shot and badly wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) last year “was a supporter of a different party.”

and also say that mosques should be under surveillance, presumably because of the words being uttered therein. He can’t have it both ways.

I fear that the former Congressman Joe Walsh was right when he tweeted:

I hope he will be shown to be wrong about the President. In the meantime, it must be said that words do matter. The things the President say do have an effect. I can only hope and pray that the President tones down his rhetoric for good.

UPDATE:

Alas, my hopes have been dashed:

God help us all.