There are few things in life as contemptible as using a national tragedy for one own political narrative, especially when it involves a horrific massacre of innocent men, woman, and children.
However that’s exactly what this bevy of loathing 2020 hopefuls have done, unable to even allow a moment of respect for those families that have lost their loved ones, Democrats went immediately on a partisan attack on the NRA, President Trump, the Second Amendment, and “white America” in general.
It began with Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, within perhaps an hour after the tragedy taking to the mic to denounce the NRA at a campaign event in Las Vegas, immediately criticizing leaders around the U.S. for failing to stand up to the “corporate gun lobby” and the NRA.
“In this election, we have to have leaders who are willing to stand up and say, ‘I’m not going to let this issue be determined by what the interests of the corporate gun lobby are and the NRA,’” he said. “Because this is a uniquely American problem, that we have such mass slaughter in our communities like this, that happens regularly.”
Booker without missing a beat then began pushing his gun control proposal, calling it “common sense.”
Moments later the 50-year-old former Newark mayor went into full campaign mode saying “If you have more Americans dying in the last 50 years to gun violence than all of our wars combined … that should raise alarms for everybody.”
Adding “Stand up right now, let’s not even wait for Election Day. Let’s start demanding right now that kind change because most Americans agree with me.”
If one actually reads between the lines, in what Booker is calling for without the apparent benefit of due process, maybe some type of illegal gun confiscation, which would undoubtedly be unconstitutional, and perhaps extremely dangerous for all concerned, if law-abiding gun owners were forced to hand over their firearms.
However, Booker was just the opening act of deranged progressives attempting to somehow blame the President for the carnage in El Paso.
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar who just qualified for the September debate like Booker wasted little time in attempting to politicize the tragedy by invoking the President’s name.
“The individuals who do the shootings are responsible,” Klobuchar said, referring to mass shootings such as the one in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 injured, “but I do think Trump’s rhetoric has fueled more hate in this country.”
There we have it; the President’s “rhetoric” is “fueling hate” according to the 59-year-old Minnesota legislator, however, seems quite at home when it comes to her fellow Minnesotan Rep. Ilhan Omar, actually spewing hateful anti-Simatic rhetoric all over social media. Klobuchar likewise is pushing for gun control legislation.
“Today innocent people—families—went to that mall in El Paso,” she wrote. “Some of them never came home. The U.S. House has passed common-sense gun safety legislation. It is long past time to pass it in the Senate. The question to ask: Whose side are you on? The NRA’s or the people?”
Perhaps seeing an opportunity to improve his dismal performance on the campaign trail, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke also went full monty on the President stirring-up fear and anxiety by willfully vilifying him, saying, “He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country,” O’Rourke told reporters. “We’ve had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years, during an administration where you’ve had the President call Mexicans rapists and criminals.”
Social media, of course, weighed in on the massacre in El Paso, and once again the divide between Presidents supporters, and the “haters” was evident.
“Amy! Thank you for all that you do and we need more! This president needs to be held accountable for these deaths and this carnage. He is complicit, he is an accessory to this crime as he instigates hate amongst his followers,” one supporter wrote.
While others took Congress to task, “it’s Democrats and Congress who are to blame for not acting on gun control.”
And still others criticized the lack of leadership within congress, “I see you blamed President Trump as usual for supposed hate crime in shootings in El Paso GMAFB you Democrats always trying to get a Political over this BS. You have had years to fix the gun violence but you and all of congress can’t work.”
The President also reacted to the shooting on Twitter, writing, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, but it was also an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….”