Two mass shootings took place over the weekend‚ one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and another at a Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods, California.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old white kid opened fire on a crowd of people at a grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo. On Sunday, a 60-year-old Chinese immigrant opened fire on a lunch reception at the Southern California church where the congregation is primarily Taiwanese.
Both incidents are tragic and horrific, but Joe Biden will only visit the scene of one of the crimes. Can you guess which one?
The White House on Sunday afternoon announced that Biden and his wife Jill would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to “grieve with the community that lost 10 lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting.” But Biden isn’t going to Buffalo to grieve. He’s going there to exploit the atrocity for political gain in an important midterm election year.
For more than a year Democrats—especially Biden—have repeatedly claimed that white supremacists are the most dangerous threat in America. Biden claimed that white supremacists had replaced jihadists as the “most lethal terrorist threat” to the United States in April 2021.
Two months later in June, Biden made the same claim at a speech in Tulsa to commemorate the Tulsa race massacre of 1921. “White supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden said. “Not ISIS, not al-Qaeda—white supremacists.”
The problem with the Democrats’ white supremacy line then wasn’t only that it wasn’t true, but also that there weren’t even any instances they could isolate and manipulate to promote their narrative.
The instances of Republican white supremacy were so nonexistent that a group of Democratic Party activists had to pretend to be white nationalists at a Glenn Youngkin event last year. In October, five Democratic activists infamously wielded tiki torches by the bus of then-GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin in a desperate effort to tie Virginia Republicans to racist, white supremacists.
A month later, after Darrell Brooks, a black Black Lives Matter activist mowed down a crowd of people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin in his SUV, the White House announced Biden would not be visiting the victims. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said such a visit would require too many “assets” and “resources.”
But apparently assets and resources aren’t a problem this time, as Biden visits the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting.
Biden and the Democrats aren’t upset by the tragedy in Buffalo. They’re ecstatic. At last, there is a travesty they can exploit to promote their “all Republicans are white supremacists” lie. There is no low to which the Democrats are unwilling to sink in order to maintain power and at our country’s expense.
The white mass murderer in the Buffalo shooting wrote a manifesto. In the 180-page screed, the deranged killer describes himself as, among other things, a white supremacist, a racist, an anti-Semite, and even an “ethno-nationalist eco-fascist national socialist.” “Conservatism,” he writes, “is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it.” But Rolling Stone is calling him a “mainstream Republican.” The allegation is as true as Trump-Russia collusion—that is to say, it’s wholly untrue. Republicans denounce both racism and antisemitism.
While the Buffalo shooter’s anger and radicalization clearly were not derived from GOP talking points, the anger and radicalization of another mass shooter was wholly derived wholly from Democratic Party talking points.
In 2017, a 66-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on the Republican baseball team as they practiced ahead of the annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The mass shooting left several injured, including Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.), who nearly died and spent weeks in the hospital.
Prior to opening fire, that shooter approached then-Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and asked him to specify if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats. Somehow, this wasn’t investigated as a hate crime against Republicans.
While the baseball practice shooter had written no official “manifesto,” his social media accounts illustrated the source of his hatred—the Democratic Party and its supporters in the media. In one Facebook post, he wrote, “Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & co.” In another post, the shooter wrote, “Trump is guilty & should go to prison for treason.”
This intense hatred was clearly real, but it was based on purely partisan fiction. That mass shooting took place as Democrats like Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), for example, continued to hawk the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. Just months before, Schiff had assured the CNN audience that there was new evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
Not only did the $32-million-dollar, taxpayer-funded Robert Mueller investigation find no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation has found evidence that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the hoax.
Rolling Stone didn’t claim that the shooter in that case was a “mainstream Democrat,” even though his vocal hatred of Republicans and Trump parroted the same vocal animosity then prevalent among many mainstream Democrats.
But pay close attention to Biden and the Democrats as they exploit the latest tragedy in Buffalo. Pelosi has already called for “balance” between free speech and safety. They aren’t exploiting what happened in Buffalo to come after guns, they’re exploiting what happened to come after free speech; but not all free speech—just Republican free speech.
Republicans aren’t responsible for what took place in Buffalo. But Democrats are responsible for exploiting yet another tragedy, which will continue to sow division and discord in America.