We wonder if in the wake of a terrorist attack that could be pinned on conservatives whether Republican politicians would be afforded such a benefit of the doubt. Instead of examining why the monster who killed eight people in New York City Tuesday got into the country, the Washington Post is aghast that people would question why the sponsor of the Diversity Visa Program is being criticized.
The extreme right has found its true culprit in Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).
As details emerged about the incident, prominent right-wing commentators and news outlets seized on an ABC7 story reporting that alleged attacker Sayfullo Saipov had come to the United States from Uzbekistan under a State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery. That story is unconfirmed.
Schumer, they claimed, was the brains behind the program and therefore, of course, bears responsibility for the attack. In a flurry of news interviews, blog posts and late night tweets, critics tried to pin blame on the New York Democrat, saying he alone was “responsible” for allowing the 29-year-old suspect’s entry into the country.
Blaming terrorism and violent crime on the nation’s immigration laws is standard right-wing fare. It’s how President Trump has justified his travel ban.
Blaming the NRA for any mass shooting is standard leftwing fare. It’s how liberals justify disarming law-abiding citizens. See how easy this is?
The diversity visa program has been a target of many conservatives for years, with Trump supporting legislation to eliminate it in favor of a “merit-based” immigration system. Associating the New York attack with the diversity visa lottery thus serves a double purpose, advancing their immigration law agenda and bashing Schumer.
Gee, why would anyone bash the loathsome Schumer?
Schumer did play a key role in drawing up the program in 1990. His proposals eventually became part of a broader immigration package that was passed by Congress in a bipartisan vote and signed into law by a Republican president.
So the odious Schumer played a key role in drawing up the program in 1990. So why is he immune from criticism? Aren’t we constantly lectured about the joys of diversity and bipartisanship? It was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, who isn’t excused for his part, either:
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 1, 2017
By tomorrow the Wasington Post will be laying the blame at the feet of Bush the elder.
By early Wednesday morning, “Diversity Visa” was trending on Twitter, appearing in more than 53,000 tweets. Some users shared graphic illustrations of a pair of hands with blood dripping from them. “You have blood on your hands Chuck,” one tweet read.
Weird how we don’t see the same reaction every time there’s a shooting and the left goes bonkers blaming the NRA. Again, though, why is criticizing Schumer out of bounds?
The program did originate in part in a bill introduced in 1990 by Schumer, who was then a member of the House. He proposed making a set numbers of visas available each year to “diversity immigrants” from “low-admission” countries.
Yet criticism comes from the “extreme right” so it’s null and void.
Meanwhile, like day follows night, here comes NBC with their typical predictable garbage:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2017
Let’s call them the extreme left.
For what it’s worth, now everyone will know about Schumer’s perfidy:
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017