Their Reaction to Charleston Shooting Disqualifies the GOP from American Politics

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The Republican reaction to the church massacre in South Carolina has been beyond belief. I feel almost more shell-shocked by the conservative reaction than by the shootings themselves. I feel bad saying that, but it’s true.

The murders say a lot about one man. The reaction indicts the entire Republican apparatus, from voters to elected officials. I have been unable to find a single sane Republican reaction.

A case in point is Rick Perry’s claim that it was an “accident.” Forget for a moment how somebody accidentally shoots nine people to death. Rick Perry is a man who wants to be president. But he can come out with something like this.

Of course, an aid would later claim Rick Perry saying it was an accident was an “accident” too.

Perry went on to say,

This is the MO of this administration, any time there is an accident like this — the president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.

Also, I think there is a real issue to be talked about. It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.

Right. Let’s not draw the obvious conclusion that, if what you say is true, people like this should be not able to have firearms. Yet you and your party oppose placing any limits at all on firearm sales.

Dylann Roof didn’t kill those people by overdosing them. He SHOT them. With a GUN.

Think rather about Rick Perry’s own state of mind, and that of the demographic he is appealing to. Where do they come up with these explanations? Do they actually sit down and think about what response they could make that has nothing to do with the facts?

Is this the best they could come up with? If they seriously think their cockamamie explanation can fly, they, and their supporters, are a scary bunch who should at this instant lose their right to run for public office and their right to vote.

We know that the shooting was racially motivated because the guy they arrested for murdering those people says so.

As Richard Cohen, President of the SPLC, said in a statement,

A white man who admires apartheid walks into a black church and kills nine people. According to an eyewitness, he says that he has “to do it” because black people “rape our women” and are “taking over our country.” It’s an obvious hate crime by someone who feels threatened by our country’s changing demographics and the increasing prominence of African Americans in public life.

Where is the accident here? Where is Fox News’ evidence that this was an anti-Christian shooting? Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch wrote yesterday,

The pundits at Fox News, where many of the GOP leaders get their talking points, were in agreement. Steve Doocy said it’s “extraordinary” that the police called the attack a hate crime since it was “was a white guy apparently and a black church,” positing that the attack was the result of the shooter’s “hostility towards Christians.” Brian Kilmeade said the shooter “hates Christian churches” and Elisabeth Hasselbeck called it an “attack on faith,” all the while ignoring the shooter’s explicit mentions of race.

Such willful ignorance is criminal. And that’s just scratching the surface.

How about Fox News’ token black man, antigay hater E.W. Jackson. Where is his evidence when he claims the shooting was caused by “growing hostility and antipathy to Christianity and what this stands for, the biblical worldview about sexual morality and other things.”

Or Rick Santorum’s “assault on religious liberty” and Lindsey Graham’s “There are people out there, looking for Christians to kill them”?

No. There are people out there looking for black people to kill them. All the time. Every day.

How do you miss that?

The killer didn’t say he was going after Christians. He said he was going after blacks. And he said why.

Facts, folks. Facts. Even bigots should be able to read and understand facts. Far from even admitting black people were killed because they were black, conservatives didn’t even want to admit the killer was white.

“But this guy doesn’t look white!” exclaimed the blonde, white-skinned columnist AJ Delgado of the Miami Herald.

In what world does he NOT look white?

The response by “Gary” is almost worse than her original comment: “I agree he looks light skinned [sic] black or some type of mixed. Plus he set [sic] in the church meeting for almost an hr.”

Oh, because white guys can’t sit in a black church with black folks. Dylann Roof actually said he “almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him,” reported NBC News — before deciding to “go through with his mission.”

How does any of this leave Jeb Bush in any doubt that the killings were racially motivated? Yet he won’t say so. Even the guy who they say pulled the trigger says so. But Jeb can’t.

He can’t because his supporters – the racist Republican base – won’t hear of it.

Or Red State’s Eric Erickson saying it is transgenderism that is to blame.

Really? How do you figure that? Where, anywhere near that shooting, were transgenders involved?

In a Washington Post op-ed yesterday, SPLC’s Cohen wrote,

Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a study of domestic terrorism incidents, including successful attacks and plots foiled by law enforcement, over the past six years. We found that such an incident occurred every 34 days – far more often than most Americans imagine.

That’s nearly once per month. Domestic terrorism once per month. When was the last terrorist attack by Islamic extremists? How often have we had those? When has ISIL ever launched a terrorist attack in the United States?

When was the last time the conservative, corporate-owned, Republican-apologist mainstream media talked about the problem of domestic terrorism?

But Republicans won’t even admit the racist nature of the Charleston shootings, let alone that it was an act of terrorism. White people don’t do terrorism. White people are mentally ill. It’s not their fault. It’s drugs. It’s an accident.

It’s liberalism’s fault. It’s Obama’s fault.

The Republican Party needs a time out. The GOP is a hate group, not a political party. They have disqualified themselves from the American political scene. This latest act of violence and their reaction to it, is just the latest piece of evidence.

Terrifyingly, it won’t be the last.

50 Replies to “Their Reaction to Charleston Shooting Disqualifies the GOP from American Politics”

  1. This disgusting attempt by the gopers to shield themselves from anything but denial guarantees a 99.9% black vote against any or all GOP candidates running for office in 2016.

    This puts the bright hot spotlight on their bigotry and hatred and they will pay dearly for their lack of empathy and compassion.

    The GOP is finished. Two more election cycles and they won’t hold power – even in their so-called red states.

    The flush begins next November…

  2. The Republican candidates have proven that they are rank cowards. They won’t speak one word of truth if it will alienate one vote from the base.

  3. You mean, the White, self-professed, racist, killer, was not a Marxist, Muslim, Atheist, Fascist, Liberal, Rich-person hater, ISIS volunteer, ACORN, Black Panther?

  4. let’s see…

    can’t do math…

    can’t believe science because they aren’t scientists…

    can’t trust a woman to make the correct decisions about her body…

    can believe that more guns in church would’ve stopped this ‘misguided mentally ill nutjob’…

    can believe that flying a flag of a seditious loser ‘country’
    is showing pride…

    doesn’t understand when a person makes a clear statement that he did it because he hated blacks…

    what exactly do Republicans actually understand?

  5. A couple of the evangelicals in my seniors coffee club (in Northern KY) expressed concern because they had an outing planned to the Creation Museum. They are worried that they would be targeted for their faith. It’s amazing to me how evolution just skipped over so many of my generation.

  6. Perry accuses President Obama of pandering to people who simply want sensible gun laws, and in the process takes advantage of this tragedy to shill for the NRA and the gun industry. If his was a lone voice in the GOP wilderness it could be excused as an “accident”, but he’s just reading off of the same playbook as the rest of them.

    When I look at these jokers, I realize that it’s too much to expect to find a Lincoln, a Jefferson, or a Roosevelt among them. But not one of them even rises to the level of a Millard Fillmore. “Mallard” Fillmore perhaps, but not Millard.

  7. greed, American exceptionalism, manifest destiny, oligarchy, theocracy, hate, fear, anger, war, delusional behavior, hand picked verses from their holy book, invisible friends, and many more things that rational, sane people dismiss.

  8. I don’t know if all teabillies believe the bullshit they spout but I do believe they will never call it what it is. Domestic Terrorism fueled by racism because to admit that they would be saying we are just as guilty

  9. I take a bit of exception to listing American Exceptionalism there…

    I believe in it but of course my version includes inclusiveness, equal opportunity, actually treating other people as you’d want to be treated and not judging someone just by their appearance…

  10. “The Conservative Mind,” revised and updated edition The once-conservative and now ultraconservative mind is a fascinating organism. It’s something of a cognitive hash-slinger that processes healthy reasoning into scrambled eggs and artery-clogging sausage. It serves up tasteless absurdities: the way to increase government revenue is to decrease government revenue; the way to honor the planet is to pay no attention to environmental science; and the way to minimize gun violence is to maximize the societal presence of guns. The ultraconservative mind itself feeds on overgrown fears, outsized loathing and an absolute dread of thinking anything through, which themselves are common attributes of a human mass hooked on frivolous entertainment and pseudointellectual junk. – See more at:

  11. They go 2 or 3 times a year. They’re also very upset that KY won’t give the Ark Park a tax credit. They’re afraid that it will never be completed because the atheists won’t let the state support it. I asked them if they were going to book passage on the next voyage but they just kept making the sign of the cross over me.

  12. They certainly will be targeted for their faith. Hambo will see to it that every dollar they carry into the creation ‘museum’ will be safely ensconced in his pocket by the time they leave.

  13. this rightwing, racist, and bigoted degenerate has confessed and admitted that this was a preplanned hate crime massacre and that he had hoped to bring about another civil war and a race war. he has completely confessed on his own, and as this rightwing monster smiles in his booking photos and laughs about what he just did- what do the conservatives and the GOP think? well, they think the dude was on drugs or insane or it was an attack on religion- anything other than what is obviously is. they still deny that this was a monstrous hate crime perpetrated by a white rightwing extremist. these folks are truly the most vile and disgusting people on the planet. they are hate crime apologists and pedophile enablers. this entire family should be jailed. this kind of hate is taught and that family is as guilty as the one who pulled the trigger.

  14. But dj, us whitebreads can’t be guilty! We’re the superior race. All the blacks, browns, reds, yellows, wimmins, jews, – anyone not a REAL amurrican are the terrorists. They make us want to kill ’em. We’re really nice guys if you’re just like us.

    Did I get that right?

  15. The co-ordination of all their excuses, together with the recent surge of Nativist, antiminority violence, leads me to believe they’ve been expecting this kind of incident.

  16. the article has this great line and it could not be more true- “Such willful ignorance is criminal. And that’s just scratching the surface.” indeed! we must reign in this rightwing madness. my only fear is it might be too late and that we should have done this years ago.

  17. I agree with DJ. If the media does not call out these racists, most people will go about their business, ignoring, and believing whatever they want to believe (it was an “accident”), and come November these same imbeciles will still vote GOP.

    These people will be afraid that if they call it out for what it is..that their guns will be taken away.

    So goes the mentality of many in the USA.

  18. John, I don’t think the GOP is done.

    Actually, I think they are progressing.

    People who are racist do not listen to reason. As far as others, who may not be racist, unless the real portrayal of the GOP is brought right into the forefront by media, people ignore it. I hope you may be right, but I doubt it. There is too much apathy, and too little concern for what is going on in our country today.

  19. There are people who are saying that this is a sign that Obama is a failure as president as if he has the power to make the hate to go away or act like this kind of stuff only happened when he became president, because it’s easier then facing reality.

    They call him Divider in Chief simply because he became president as a black man and actually believe, in a delusional way, that racism is over, like putting a flaming cross on a black family’s yard “today” can’t be considered a hate crime because racism is over because someone said it is like magic, but it’s gotten worse because the people who had no tolerance to begin with had gotten worse because the minorities refuse to “know their place” while denying it.

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    14 = The 14 words

    “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”

    Phrase coined by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party

    88 = H is the 8th letter of the alphabet
    ergo 88 = HH = Heil Hitler

  21. Don’t like what the right wingers are saying now. Just wait until a So.Carolina jury of his peers turns him loose or just says he is not guilty by reason of insanity or something. Just as they are also likely to do with that white cop who is in jail for shooting that black guy in the back. It’s a very long way from arrest to conviction when a lot of people in dear ‘Old Dixie’ really approve of shooting or lynching n—–s. You know, it really is Obama’s fault. By getting elected while being a black man he has brought out all the latent racism we foolishly thought was behind us.

  22. I reference American Exceptionalism to when it is used to excuse such things as pushing the Native Americans off their lands, invading sovereign countries, war crimes, torture, etc. We are an exceptional country, but we need to admit our faults and have intelligent dialogue about them to ensure we stop repeating them. Unfortunately, as this article shows, about half the country is incapable of doing so.

  23. Sigh. That is the functional equivalent of the “debbil made me do it” excuse. You’re quite correct.

  24. Hate crimes and terrorism both invoke federal jurisdiction, and, under the dual sovereigns doctrine, if the state courts let him walk, he can’t get out of federal charges by pleading double jeopardy.

  25. Look, this incident is only the latest of many that have occurred that has an obvious shitty conservative or right wing slant. But this tragic incident in Charleston is really going to hurt the right. They can’t obstruct this incident in any way. The fact that it occurred in the shadow of the Confederate flag, at a historic AME Church that is warm and inclusive and open to anyone. The conservative media does not have a answer for this. (See this was suppose to have occurred in some Ghetto hamlet,so the killer could claim self defense) They have chosen to make every issue dog whistle politics, left vs right, white vs black, anything or anyone against Obama and they are willingly giving a false prospective to it’s many followers. (THIS IS WHY THERE FOLLOWERS ARE COMPLETELY DELUSIONAL) The election of Barack Obama is with out a doubt the reason that these media folks have completely lost what little journalistic integrity they have left. I wonder how this is going to end.

  26. And so, we begin to see the roots of the next deadly racist attack.

    All because the “Party of Personal Responsibility’ and their victim mentality, pandering to get elected.

  27. Imma have to change my name. There is a Gary that posts stupid stuff on this site also. Mostly why I left the G small.

  28. Dylann Roof’s favorite hate group and its ties to the Republican party
    In this racist murderer’s manifesto he’s gives The Council of Conservative Citizens main credit for inspiring his hatred towards minorities. I thought that name sounded familiar so I decided to look it up. Surprise, surprise…

    “Roan Garcia-Quintana, a national board member of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens (and Republican governor Nikki Haley’s former campaign appointee), is scheduled to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on January 17-19 in Myrtle Beach.”

    A report found that “members of groups such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, which opposes all efforts to ‘mix the races of mankind,’ have become involved in tea party chapters, and that posters on the online white nationalist Web site have written of ‘inflitrating’ tea party events.”

  29. The GOP candidates are a bunch of worthless things that live under the banner of lie and deny. The shameless part of it is Dylann Roof has more integrity than the whole GOP clown wagon.

  30. There’s a sickness in our country, there’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from. And I think that if we understand that, we’ll understand and have better expectations of what we get from our government.”

    Can’t be fixed by the government neutered by Republicans.
    Salvation Or Slavation? Oh yeah- it comes from the deity who set up Adam and Eve to fail.

    Just what we need- more Patronising from Rand Paul. The Self-certified eye doctor.

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