I really thought that nothing could be as cynical and divisive as the President’s attempt to exploit the Charleston massacre for political objectives.
Why do I always underestimate the crass stupidity of Republicans?
“You just can’t think that things like this can happen in America. It’s obviously a crime of hate,” GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum told radio host Joe Piscopo yesterday—yes, that’s what Joe is doing now. Rick waxed on…
“Again, we don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be? You’re sort of lost that somebody could walk into a Bible study in a church and indiscriminately kill people. It’s something that, again, you think we’re beyond that in America and it’s sad to see. All you can do is pray for those and pray for our country This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before. It’s a time for deeper reflection beyond this horrible situation.”
Now here is Lindsey Graham, also running for President: “It’s 2015. There are people out there looking for Christians to kill them.” Sen. Rand Paul, a reliable dolt, also weighed in with the same theme:
“What kind of person goes into church and shoots nine people? There’s a sickness in our country, there’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from.”
This is shameless, shameful, and stupid beyond all understanding. Gee, guys, did you notice any other common characteristics of the people attacked? Does that seem like just a coincidence to you? Did you detect any special feature about the killer that might suggest another motivation other than infringing on freedom of worship?
What was the reasoning here, if it even makes sense to apply the term reasoning to three statements that would embarrass a reasonably intelligent annelid worm?
“Now we know the President is going to exploit the facts that African Americans were shot to try to take away our Second Amendment rights and to set up a “War on Blacks” theme to tar Republicans with in the next election. How can we exploit this to push Republican taking points? There’s got to be a …HEY! I’ve got it! Let’s pretend these were just churchgoers, and that religious freedom was the target, and we can tie this to making homophobic haberdashers compromise their religious beliefs by renting tuxes for a wedding between two same sex perverts who want to defile the institution of marriage! It’s a hate crime against Christians!”
Though to be fair, maybe we didn’t sufficiently explore the possibility that the Newtown shooter was making a protest against public education, and the Aurora shooter was expressing his critical dissatisfaction with Christian Bale’s portray of Batman.
How dishonest, how desperate, how degrading, how insulting.
And how embarrassing.
UPDATE: Naturally, Fox News also framed the shooting in a similarly dishonest manner.