Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings

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Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings

USA -(Ammoland.com)- It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019.

In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera — police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials — were nonpartisan, patient, polite and dignified in the unity and solemnity of their grief for their dead and wounded.

But for the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl. A mad scramble broke out over who would be first and most savage in indicting President Donald Trump for moral complicity in mass murder.

Never let a crisis go to waste is an old political adage.

And this crowd of candidates was not going to let that happen. Yet the naked political exploitation of these horrific acts, before the bodies of many had been removed from the crime scene, was appalling to behold.

Learning in Las Vegas of the slaughter at the Walmart in El Paso, his hometown, Beto O'Rourke flew back that same day and sped to the scene.

Railed Beto, Trump “is a racist and he stokes racism in this country … and it leads to violence. … We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today.” He called Trump's language about Mexican immigrants “reminiscent of something you might hear in the Third Reich.”

Asked on Sunday by CNN's Jake Tapper if he believes the president is a “white nationalist,” Beto eagerly assented: “Yes, I do.”

Bernie Sanders, asked by Tapper if he agreed with Beto, replied:

“I do. It gives me no pleasure to say this … all of the evidence out there suggests that we have a president who is a racist, who is a xenophobe, who appeals, and is trying to appeal, to white nationalism.”

On the same CNN show, Sen. Cory Booker almost outdid Beto, “I want to say with more moral clarity that Donald Trump is responsible for this … (mass murder in El Paso) because he is stoking fear and hatred and bigotry.”

Booker went on: “We have a president of the United States who is savagely fraying the bonds of our nation by speaking consistently words of hatred, words of division, words of demonization and demagoguery. … He is fueling an environment where white supremacists … are finding more and more license to strike out against the vulnerable, to strike out against the immigrant, to strike out against ‘the other.'”

Booker is saying Trump is rendering moral license to race conflict.

Elizabeth Warren issued a statement: “We need to call out white nationalism for what it is — domestic terrorism. It is a threat to the United States, and we've seen its devastating toll this weekend. And we need to call out the president himself for advancing racism and white supremacy.”

Ironically, The Washington Times reports that the Dayton shooter, who killed his sister and eight others, “described himself on social media as a pro-Satan ‘leftist,' who wanted Joe Biden's generation to die off, hated Trump, and hoped to vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.”

“I want socialism, and i'll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding,” Connor Betts, the killer, reportedly tweeted.

Not to be left behind, Sen. Kamala Harris said of the president after the slaughter, he's “a racist, there's no question in my mind.”

These attacks, unprecedented in their savagery, testify to a hatred of Trump that is broad, deep and implacable, and unlikely to be constrained before November 2020.

Folks still speak wistfully of a return of the unity America once knew and of a coming together to stand again on common ground.

But where is the evidence for that hope?

If Trump's fabled base is to going to stand loyally by him, and the Democratic candidates are going to unleash this kind of bile against him, whoever wins in 2020 will be not be able to unite us, absent a Pearl Harbor-style attack on this country.

Clearly the issue in the 2020 campaign is going to be Trump.

Is impeachment now back on the table? How can it not be?

Though Robert Mueller found no collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russians, support for impeachment hearings passed the midway mark inside the Democratic caucus in the House last week, even before the horrible weekend.

And if Democrats believe about Trump what their candidates say about him — that he is a white nationalist racist and xenophobe deliberately stoking fear, hatred and violence, whose words and actions call to mind the fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini and Third Reich of Nazi Germany — how can the Democratic leadership credibly not try to impeach him?

Yet, blaming the massacre in El Paso on the rhetoric of Donald Trump is a charge that can come back to bite his attackers. Neither the right nor left has a monopoly on political extremism or violence. And the hate-filled rhetoric of the left this last weekend exceeds anything used by Trump.


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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    tomcat
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    tomcat

    I just read an article that stated they just arrested two Somalians in Tuscon that were brought here legally by the Obama administration. They were planning to be jihadists and chop the heads off anyone who did not accept islam. These are just the latest of several that has been caught before they committed the crimes. Tell me about how democrats want a peaceful society. Taking guns now is more dangerous than it would have been twenty or more years ago. They will never form a perfect socialism/communism government. Have you all noticed how they like to break laws and… Read more »

    JPM
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    JPM

    I have seen over my lifetime (born in the early 1950s) an erosion of morals, ethics, respect, honesty and accountability across the board all across this nation. In business, all big businesses and most of the small ones, the driving factor is not supply and demand and competition, it is greed and I refer to it as, “American Capitalism”, which translates into profit at ALL cost over everything else. Greed is the worst of the 7 deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride) as it can permeate every aspect of our daily lives at all levels and… Read more »

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    For you it is Greed. I think it is pride that causes the greatest harm. Perhaps why the word pride and it’s variants are not used by me when referring to anything related to me.

    jmb1911
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    jmb1911

    Once again with mass shootings politicians are calling for more gun control laws to be enacted to prevent another mass shooting. No one can argue that the shootings in Gilroy ,CA,, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH were horrific and a senseless loss of life. The Ohio shooter wasn’t a right wing extremist or a white nationalist, he was a socialist and had stated he would vote for Elizabeth Warren for president. What new gun control law or laws would have prevented any of these tragedies from happening? In Gilroy, Ca the gunman cut through a fence to gain access… Read more »

    jmb1911
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    jmb1911

    Once again with mass shootings politicians are calling for more gun control laws to be enacted to prevent another mass shooting. No one can argue that the shootings in Gilroy ,CA,, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH were horrific and a senseless loss of life. The Ohio shgoter wasn’t a right wing extremist or a white nationalist, he was a socialist and had stated he would vote for Elizabeth Warren for president. What new gun control law or laws would have prevented any of these tragedies from happening? In Gilroy, Ca the gunman cut through a fence to gain access… Read more »

    Jonesy
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    Jonesy

    Dayton jerk stated: he wanted “Joe six-pack’s generation to die off and wished Lieawatha to be elected”.
    There is about six years difference in the two’s ages. Dumb Ass and glad he is gone.

    xring2245
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    xring2245

    These Democrat clowns, all of them insignificant, are doing their best to hand the 2020 election to President Trump. The side benefit is that they are providing good entertainment.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    President Trump, not being a true member of either faction of big government, will be subject to vicious and unprincipled attacks throughout his administration simply because he is not “one of them”. The fact that he has negated and reversed the decline of our nation’s gloal standing and put policies in place that erased “o”boy’s “new normal” economic malaise agenda is another affront to their global socialist goals.

    JoeUSooner
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    By any definition [sane, rational, reasonable, moral, legal, ethical, or practical definition], every Socialist in America is a “domestic enemy of the United States.” Demanding that this country be changed from the Constitutional Republic (NOT a democracy!) – that it was intentionally designed to be by highly intelligent and patriotic men – into a Socialist Regime that denies the Constitution… is the inarguable and undeniable hallmark of “domestic enemy.” The EXACT enemy that all military and law enforcement personnel swear a permanent oath – upon individual honor – to protect this country from! It is time to enforce that oath,… Read more »

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    @ Joe
    I couldn’t have said it better.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    We should explore sentencing these traitorous dogs to permanent exile.

    LAbill
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    LAbill

    Beautifully and tersely stated!

    I don’t want to go all “Joe McCarthy” on those who profess Socialism, but I sure as hell don’t want them to get away with lies about our Republic (it’s *not* a democracy, and for good reason), nor do I want them to get away with suckering in voters with lies of omission, claiming that all healtcare and college education will be “free” — when all that they are promising would clearly bankrupt the country. I want to live in the United States, not Venezuela.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Joe McCarthy was a martyr.

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    Norman Mattoon Thomas said a number of things, and anyone who doesn’t know who he is should look him up. Unfortunately he seems to be a prophet, a false one. We are literally on the road to perdition. “The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideals of socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly. The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need… Read more »

    ras52
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    Dave in Fairfax, amen to that.

    Huapakechi
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    I have long and often said that there is but one political party in washington, that being big government. The democrat and republican factions of that party are actors in a kabuki theater to keep citizens distracted from the bureaucratic erosion of Constitutional rights.

    JPM
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    Well said and spot on Huapakechi!

    Cuzz
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    @Dave in Fairfax, Profound words my friend, I fear many conservative brethren have thrown in the towel for the benefit of the greater good, (their misguided thoughts), to the point of no return. In my state of Virginia, our three top state executives would gladly burn gun owners at the stake, with no more caution than they would have for aborted fetuses, of which evidently, they have none. I’m reminded of James 1:8, a double minded man is unstable in (ALL), his ways. Why do we think this wouldn’t apply to society as a whole. They fight for the right… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    @Jetmech1,the Democratic Party of “President Kennedy”,is gone forever,…unfortunately.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    The kennedy administration was a chrome plated turd, the election bought by joe kennedy utilizing the fortune built on running booze during prohibition.
    A close examination of the policies and achievements would place the kennedy administration slightly above johnson and below carter.

    Will
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    Will

    @hua,Opinions are like assholes,everybody’s got one !

    tomcat
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    @ Huap I have to agree with you on that. The Kennedy’s are and have been a bunch of shysters and not exactly the way they looked to the general populace. Leaving a female to drown after an accident is not exactly straight arrow. They all have gotten their due diligence including a niece that died last week of drug abuse.

    Will
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    Will

    @tomcat,I wasn’t talking about the entire Kennedy clan. I was talking about President Kennedy !

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    People should educate themselves as to why his father had him sent from DC to the Pacific. And then acquaint themselves also with the shenanigans he was involved in before he was injured. Most are now familiar with his nefarious actions while President. JFK was a fruit which did not fall far from the tree.

    Will
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    Will

    @RoyD,I’m totally unfamiliar with Kennedy’s nefarious actions while President. Why don’t you explain that. I can’t wait !

    Will
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    Will

    RoyD,come on and educate me about Kennedy.

    Jetmech1
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    I have never seen in my entire adult life (I’m 65) so much vitriolic hate as what is now be hurled by this group of socialists/leftist so-called democratic candidates. This has gone far beyone those things I heard during the 60’s protests. A great deal of this hate speech more than fits the defination of sedition and there was a time when sedition would have been prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 2384 – U.S. Code. I also never thought I would live to see the day when I would see such an assult on the American values that I swore… Read more »

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    ***I have never seen in my entire adult life (I’m 65) so much vitriolic hate as what is now be hurled by this group of socialists/leftist so-called democratic candidates.***

    This is alinsky socialism in practice. You might read his “rules for radicals” and the response book “Rules for Conservative Radicals”

    Toadvine
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    Toadvine

    I’m 27 and it’s disturbing to me that Dems now consider Barack Obama and Bill Clinton too conservative for their tastes.