I’ll say it again: Robert Dear, a Christian, conservative, anti-choice gun nut went on shooting spree at a Colorado Planned Parenthood office last week and the GOP remained mostly silent because … Christian conservative anti-choice gun nuts are their base and they don’t wanna rile up the nest. And some folks on Twitter came for me because of that statement and yet the facts seem to shore up my statement.
While President Obama denounced the shooting, as he has denounced every other shooting in this country — shootings that have occurred almost every eight days in 2015 — the Republicans have said little, or nothing, or have continued to spread lies about what happened and why.
At the end of last week not one of the 14 or so GOP presidential candidates had even bothered to acknowledge the attack, let alone condemn it; so what does that say about the GOP? By comparison, all three Democratic candidates had commented upon, and denounced the terrorist attack.
Over the weekend, on Saturday, Ted Cruz was the first GOP presidential candidate to acknowledge the attack, and he did strongly condemn it; but by Sunday, however, he had switched gears and declared that Robert Dear was "a transgendered leftist activist," and then on Monday he made the ludicrous claim that most criminals in this country are Democrats.
His rival, John Kasich did, however, Tweet this … a day after the terrorist attack:
Nice, I guess, but what does he plan to do about these kinds of attacks? We don’t know because he’s said nothing about that.
But, slowly, step by step, the other GOP presidential candidates began to speak about the shooting, although most failed to denounce the actions of Robert Dear or offer any support for Planned Parenthood.
Donald [t]Rump called in to "Meet the Press" and declared Robert Dear to be a "maniac" and then added:
"I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood."
You know, so they asked for it? In a [t]Rump world if you are disliked then it’s your fault someone comes for you, guns a’blazing.
Jeb Bush, also on Sunday, two days after the attack, said:
"There is no acceptable explanation for this violence, and I will continue to pray for those who have been impacted."
That seems to be the most generic thing I have ever heard; it sounds like it came out of a Condolence Generating website.
“I don’t know any pro-life leader, any — if you can tell me one, please correct me — but I don’t know of anybody who has suggested violence toward Planned Parenthood personnel.”
I have one, Mike! Oooh! Oooh! Pick me, pick me! I think of Carly Fiorina, the billionaire businesswoman who ruined the lives of Hewlett Packard employees whilst pocketing millions into her own bank account.
Let’s lay some of the blame at Carly’s feet because it was just a couple of months ago that she stood on a stage at a GOP debate and outright lied about Planned Parenthood; remember her talk about seeing that video — since declared to be fake — of Planned Parenthood selling “baby parts” ... a phrase Dear shouted while he killed innocent people.
And she’s offered no comment, no apology, no support because …. GOP base.
All of this is bad, all of this is reprehensible, from the GOP, but what about some of the others vying for the presidency?
Rand Paul has said absolutely nothing though on Monday — three full days after the massacre — he reTweeted this Tweet:
Huh. Must have been a slow news week because Rand Paul cannot even be bothered to mention homegrown terrorism because … Christian, conservative, anti-choice gun nut GOP base.
Chris Christie has also said nothing about this latest act of terrorism, though he did post this Tweet on Sunday about terrorism … just not domestic terrorism:
But perhaps the vilest, the most out of touch, the most pandering to the GOP base, is Marco Rubio, who has not only failed to acknowledge the attack at all, but did manage to Tweet about his online campaign store and the items up for sale; and then, more importantly of all, he Tweeted about a football game:
I could go on a tear about these candidates using fear as a tactic, except when the fear is caused and spread by their own very dear constituency, but they wouldn’t get it. They couldn’t be bother5ed to offer condolences to the families of the dead, the families of the victims, which include women and police officers and military veterans.
And these people, all of them, think they have what it takes to be president of this country even though they cannot be bothered to remember dead Americans, victims of homegrown terrorism.
Think about that when you vote; think about how you’d feel if it was your loved one senselessly gunned down and President Rubio, for example, Tweeted about the big game … or another President Bush said, “Stuff happens” or President Carson laid the blame at the wrong feet.