Here we go again. Another mass shooting in Dayton Ohio 9 are dead, 27 injured. A second mass shooting in the U.S. in 13 hours – 29 dead total so far. These horrific events prompted President Trump to say; “perhaps” more needs to be done on gun control following two mass shootings. Will the Trump supporters like this? Trump said he will make a statement today on the two mass shootings over the weekend and what can be done in response. Critics were quick to attack President Trump. “We have a President of the United States that uses white nationalist rhetoric and engages in racism,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. “From its early days, the Trump Administration has sought to limit funding to groups dedicated to countering white extremism.”
The 2020 Presidential Democratic candidates laid blame squarely on Trump’s rhetoric for shootings. At public events and on television, several candidates pointed to a need for more gun restrictions, such as universal background checks. But they directed much of their criticism at Trump, seeking to draw a link between the shootings in Dayton and El Paso and presidential rhetoric against immigrants and people of color. Twitter was trending with the hashtag #TrumpTerrorist – saying that the shooters were both Trump supporters – “white males.” Is this true?
Well, the fact they were “white males” is true, but were they really Trump supporters? The El Paso shooter was a hardcore Progressive and a white nationalist. In his manifesto, he was advocating for Universal Basic Income, Universal Healthcare, and environmental policy. The Dayton Shooter was a Satanist, leftist-socialist, Bernie/Warren fan, and supported ANTIFA. These political positions hardly sound like hardcore Trump supporters. Has Trump been inciting folks on policies that he does not even promote himself? This blame game is quite dubious. Nevertheless, there is a “white male” problem which News Forecasters discussed here already.
One could make an argument that when media falsely misrepresents motivations of killers, it just frustrates “white males” even further to do more harmfully acts. Remember when we were told not to discuss too much about Islamic terrorism because we didn’t want to encourage even more terrorism? It doesn’t seem to work for “white males” does it? – this inconsistency further inflaming “white males.” But it is also true that Trump’s rhetoric is brash. Regardless of political positions, this brashness may cause people to get emotional, and do things unacceptable and potentially violent. Perhaps both sides of the political fence should calm down.
So what is News Forecasters forecast of what all this means? It means that the 2020 Presidential elections are going to get very dubious and yes even potentially violent. This blame game is going to be, be the state of play. Perhaps being part of the Democratic strategy, this is a negative for Trump’s presidential campaign. Regardless of any justifications or rationales, people will see the violence and Trump gets the blame – it’s his to manage. This may cause many to vote against Trump just on these grounds.
Oh yes, does anyone care about the victims? – condolences. Meanwhile just another weekend in Chicago – 4 dead.