Baseball Shootings Shouldn’t Be So Political
Trump used his hateful rhetoric to funnell all the anger that existed among blue collar workers so he could win the election. When American citizens who believe in an inclusive society began to criticize Trump for creating a divisive country and feed his base, the Conservative far-right was appalled. No one should criticize a Republican President. To condemn Trump’s hateful words is a “witch hunt” by horrible liberals.
What Trump is not aware of, that as President, whatever he says is a validation to those who think the way he does. Now the white supremacists, the Alt-Right, Breibart News, Fox News and far right Conservatives are supporting a movement that it is now “OK” to not only namecall and hate non-Whites but to tell them to go back to where they came from. In extreme cases in the past 6 months, people have been murdered by White men who hated non-Whites and praised Trump. This is a fact!
Trump’s response to a recent incident involving the murders by a anti-immigrant, pro-Trump, White man was ,”It’s unacceptable” but he did not say that it was wrong!!!!!
Kathy Griffin, showing Trump’s head all bloodied on a platter may have crossed the line but it was comedy (at its worst) and part of a comedy show. But it was Trump who said if he shot someone on the street, his supporters would still vote for him. That was not part of a comedy show but was said to the media and his supporters at one of his rallies.
Even the First Lady does not acknowledge how much her husband promotes hatred and violence towards non-Whites. Her comment, about the Kathy Griffin incident was “As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. … a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong (not unacceptable) and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
Did she mention anything about all the real non-White people in America who have been sent back to where they came from, name called, beaten and murdered because they didn’t belong in America? Is she aware that her husband is being sued by three American citizens who were beaten at a Trump rally after Trump “repeatedly urged people attending” this rally to “remove individuals who were voicing opposition to Trump’s candidacy.” The perpetrator says he acted at the “urging and inspiration” of his president. The President’s attorneys admit that their client said “Get them out of here” during the rally – referring to the protesters – but said he was not directing his comments to the crowd. At some rallies, Trump and his campaign “promised to pay the legal fees of those who followed Trump’s urgings to remove the protesters.”
Maybe the country should see the “real” photos of those people living in fear, crying, losing hope, beaten or lying in a coffin! Not fake photos by a comedian but by hateful White men who think they have been validated by Trump’s words.
A 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani before yelling “get out of my country”. Purinton had assumed the two Indian men were from the Middle East.
A 39-year-old Sikh man was shot in his driveway in Washington state. The gunman had reportedly told the man to “go back to your own country” before pulling the trigger. Jeremy Christian, 35, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and possession of a restricted weapon charge. The Portland Police Bureau reported that the man “was yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. The White Supremacist was harassing two women who appeared to be Muslim. One was wearing a hijab. Three men intervened. One of the men was stabbed and died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and a third survived.
Now we have a tragic incident where 5 people have been shot at a Republican baseball practice by James T. Hodgkinson, a disgruntled anti-Republican citizen. He is already being branded a hateful Democrat who despised Trump and had been influenced by the Democrat’s hateful rhetoric. But James T. Hodgkinson has been a Republican hater since Ronald Reagan introduced the “trickle down” economic policies that have created a burdening government deficit ever since. So. Hodgkinson didn’t start hating Republicans just since Trump ran for and was elected President. And yes he was a Bernie Sanders supporter and had joined 3 anti-Republican Facebook groups. Are Adam Purinton or Jeremy Christian Republican or Trump supporters? There has been no reports about their political affiliations. Violence towards non-Whites and now political figures should raise serious concerns by every American citizen.
A 33-year-old Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchinhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani before yelling “get out of my country”! Purinton had assumed the two Indian men were from the Middle East. A 39-year-old Sikh man was shot in his driveway in Washington state. The gunman had reportedly told the man to “go back to your own country” before pulling the trigger. And Jeremy Christian, 35, was charged with two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge. Witnesses told the police that he was harassing two women who appeared to be Muslim. One was wearing a hijab. One of the murdered men died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and one survived. Jeremy Christian was a known White SupremacistIn all these cases, one could argue, the murders may have happened because of the hateful rhetoric that has been spoken by Donald Trump in the last 18 months! Now a tragic incident has occured because an anti-Republican White guy shot 5 people at a baseball practice for Republican congressman. It is quite clear, from what we know to date, that James T. Hodgkinson has hated Republicans since Reagan introduced the “trickle down economy” policy that has created a growing deficit ever since. But because Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter in the last election and a member of several anti-Republican Facebook groups, he is already being branded a Democratic Trump hater!
But the extreme right wing propagandists are at in again, blaming of all groups the Democrats and their hatred towards Donald Trump. Although this is both a hypocritical and hysterical comment, it continues to feed hatred within the divide that exists in America today. But Conservatives and Republicans are doing well by continuing to stir up their base. The best tactic is to go after the Democratic Party that supports understanding and inclusiveness and paint them as violent criminals! When will this “rift” between the two Parties stop encouraging hate?
And Newt Gingrich’s response to this worrisome tragedy? “You’ve had a series of things, which sends signals that tell people that it’s OK to hate Trump. It’s OK to think of Trump in violent terms. It’s OK to consider assassinating Trump and then … suddenly we’re supposed to rise above it – until the next time?” And Trump has never encouraged hate or violence?
And now in the the 6th congressional district special election being held in Georgia a 30-second political ad shows video footage of Scalise being taken away on a stretcher as a narrator claims that the “unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans.”
“When will it stop?” the voiceover continues. “It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday, because the same unhinged leftists cheering last week’s shooting are all backing Jon Ossoff. And if he wins. They win.” This kind of insane rhetoric will ruin America forever!
How does this help bring the country together and heal America? What were Gingrich’s or Trump’s responses to the 5 murdered victims by white supremacists and anti-White Americans. We need to stop blaming the other side. We need a President who can lead, inspire and bring us all together. Unfortunately Trump is not interested in a country that is inclusive -that is. Democratic nonsense. He needs a divisive America, with support from his base to survive. What he wants is no criticism of that divisive philosophy. Freedom of speech should be protected but criticism of him is unAmerican!