America’s deepest thinkers have weighed in, and although they can pinpoint the exact motivation for gay Muslim Democrat Omar’s Mateen’s rampage, they sure do know the Republicans had a hand in it.
Omar Mateen shattered the tenuous, hard-fought sense of personal safety that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have begun to feel as the movement for equality has made significant gains in recent years. His bullets and the blood he left behind that early morning were a reminder that in many corners of the country, gay and transgender people are still regarded as sinners and second-class citizens who should be scorned.
While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear, it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians. Hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum. They occur where bigotry is allowed to fester, where minorities are vilified and where people are scapegoated for political gain. Tragically, this is the state of American politics, driven too often by Republican politicians who see prejudice as something to exploit, not extinguish.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) June 15, 2016
This may be the most absurd paragraph I've ever read. pic.twitter.com/31CejNkWXZ
— Countermoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) June 15, 2016
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 15, 2016
They doth project too much.
Phones rang off the hook at News 13 as bullets began flying at Pulse early Sunday morning, but producer Matt Gentili recalled one call in particular.
“’Do you know about the shooting?’” Gentili quoted this caller saying.
“Yes I’m getting calls,” Gentili said he responded. “I’m hearing reports of a shooting.”
Then before Gentili could speak again, the caller announced: “I’m the shooter. It’s me. I’m the shooter.”
The caller, presumably Mateen, then went off ranting in Arabic.
“At the time, I didn’t know what he was saying,” Gentili told News 13 reporter Scott Fais. “He was speaking so fast. But it was … he was speaking fluently.”
Gentili said he shot back: “ `Sir. Please. Speak in English please.’ ”
“’I did it for ISIS,’ ” the caller said, according to Gentili, “ `I did it for the Islamic State.’ ”
Yup, a total mystery. But the NRA and Republicans, or something.