The recent mass shootings that took place in El Paso and then, within 12 hours, Dayton have dominated the news even before the dead have been buried. However, one of the more disturbing reactions to the twin atrocities has been the reactions of President Trump’s opponents. The outrage had escalated beyond calling the president of the United States a racist or a white nationalist. From Joaquin Castro doxing Trump supporters to Beto O’Rourke’s outburst, to Stephen Colbert crying on television, liberals fan the flames of anger. One MSNBC host even accused the president of wanting mass gun murders.
Rep Joaquin Castro, D-Texas published a list of Trump donors in his home town of San Antonio, along with the following message, “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
The reaction on social media and elsewhere was sharp and pointed Castro, whose brother Julian is running for president and is polling at about one percent, was accused of doxing Trump supporters, exposing them to harassment and worse.
Typical was the reaction of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded in an assassination attempt on House Republican members and staffers by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter. “People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake.
“I know this firsthand.”
Castro, for his part, was defiant. He noted that the target list he published did not contain any addresses or phone numbers, though he did not add that these could be readily found by angry people seeking payback. He also doubled down on the notion that the donors were funding a campaign of “racism.”
Beto O’Rourke used to represent a congressional district in El Paso before an abortive run for the United States Senate. He is running for president and is polling at about two percent. Eschewing an opportunity to use his fame to encourage healing and understanding, O’Rourke laid into the president of the United States.
O’Rourke joined in the chorus of liberals claiming that the president is a “racist” and compared his rhetoric to that of the Third Reich. The presidential candidate also stated that Trump would not be welcome in El Paso, where he intends to go to comfort the bereaved. The problem is that it is one of the duties of the president to travel to communities hit by tragedies to offer healing and help.
The president veered from his current statesmanlike stance of comfort to offer a sharp rebuke to O’Rourke on Twitter.
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!”
O’Rourke, needless to say, did not accept this sage advice. He intends to not be quiet.
Mika Brzezinski, a talking head on MSNBC and an opponent of the president, escalated the rhetoric even hotter than most, according to the Washington Examiner. “If he doesn’t unequivocally call it off and say, this is wrong and we stand together against this and we are doing this,” Brzezinski said, “this and this to help fight hate crimes — I mean, this is a president who seems to want these things to happen.”
President Trump, by the way, gave some impassioned remarks, condemning all forms of bigotry, racism, and “white nationalism” from the White House.
The most bizarre reaction to the shootings came from late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who has often used his opening monologues to attack President Trump, broke down in tears on the first show that aired after the shootings.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Colbert read a message from former President Barack Obama implicitly blaming President Trump’s rhetoric for inspiring the mass shootings. Then he seemed to break down in tears and cried, “Papa come back. Don’t leave me with the bad man. Please come back. You can still smoke.”
Colbert then attacked Fox News for calling Obama out on his statement.
It should be noted that former President Obama was not shy of occasionally being divisive. He once accused some Americans of “bitterly clinging to their God and their guns.” He also attacked police officers for what he regarded as racially motivated shootings of young, black men.
24 mass shootings took place during the Obama presidency. Ambush murders of police officers increased when he was in the Oval Office.