The United States has a serious apology problem. People who should not be apologizing are doing so anyway, because they are intimidated by woke mobs and too cowardly to resist. Others, particularly elected officials, are refusing to apologize even when it is clear that an apology is owed. What’s going on here?
Weenies and assholes, essentially. “Townhall” political editor Guy Benson neatly summed up that dichotomy with a tweet:
Ellie Kemper is an actress who did nothing wrong, but was forced into apologizing anyway (Ethics Alarms pronounced her a “prostrating weenie” here.) Whitehouse, the Democratic Rhode Island Senator and vocal “antiracism” shill, was exposed as a sickening hypocrite, and excused himself, apology-free, by explaining that the exclusive club he belongs to has remained white-only out of “long tradition.” Weenie, meet Asshole. Which of these invasive species does more damage is open to debate; personally, I vote for the weenies.
Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis is in the other category, and, like Whitehouse, spectacularly so.
He was at the scene of a deadly crash at a Stonewall Pride Parade over the weekend that occurred, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police, when a 77-year-old gay man who wanted to take part in the event lost control of his pickup truck, which accelerated unexpectedly at the beginning of the parade and hit two people. Being a divisive hack at the ready to pander to the gay community, Trantalis pronounced the episode a “terrorist act,” saying,
““It’s terrible. They’re laying on the ground. This is clearly a terrorist act against the LGBT community. This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated.”
The mayor had no evidence whatsoever that the tragedy was intentional, premeditated, or terrorism, and sure enough, it wasn’t. Like presumed racism, however, the Black Lives Matter staple and the life’s blood of Critical Race Theory, presumed “hate crimes” against LGBTQ Americans is a core element in the progressive demonization of, in this case, straight white males. How could the mayor know that what happened was not an accident, “deliberate,” “premeditated,” and “exactly” a terrorist act? Oh, because as a gay man he wanted it to be, and because bias makes you stupid.
The mayor’s irresponsible, bigoted and divisive certitude was quickly proven to be fantasy, creating much-deserved criticism in social media and elsewhere, with many demanding that he apologize. The next day, he issued this statement on Twitter:
The New York Post said this was an apology. The local NBC affiliate said that the mayor expressed “regret” at his outrageous pronouncement. Do you see any words in that whatever-it-is that suggest an apology? I don’t see “apologize,” “sorry,” “regret,” “wrong,” or even “mistake.” On the Ethics Alarms Apology Scale, this doesn’t even qualify for a #10, the worst of them all. It’s being called an apology because that’s what it should have been, but it is no more an apology than if Trantalis has issued a recipe for pound cake as his missing apology’s stand-in.
There’s no apology in the first paragraph, which shifts the emphasis to “his” community’s grief and away from his hate-crime mongering. His second paragraph is a lie, in addition to being designed to seek sympathy as a victim because he was “terrorized.” Get it? He was terrorized, see, so really it was an act of terror, sort of, so his calling the accident “terrorism” wasn’t that far off. But he didn’t say at the time that he had “strong concerns,” or that he “feared” that there had been a deliberate attack based on anti-LGBTQ hate. He said, without any expressed doubt, that violence was deliberate, and it was premeditated. Those irresponsible assertions were what he was supposed to be apologizing for. Instead, Trantalis just concocted a false narrative that lets him off the hook. Then he concluded his not-even-close-to-being-an-apology apology—#11? #99?— by making himself a victim again: his heart is breaking, poor guy! Ouchy! Let’s feel sorry for him, but he’s not sorry for anything, even though he falsely sowed division and fear in the city he is supposed to lead.