The rules about not politicizing mass shootings don’t apply to Republicans, as Rep. Steve King (R-IA) blamed “the left” for gun violence.
The Washington Post reported:
“America has been divided,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, in suit and tie, stopped by the crime scene to pray and was viscerally angry about his colleagues being attacked. “And the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.”
Forget the bullshit about not politicizing a tragedy. Republicans are already doing it, and they are blaming you for the actions of one human being. It doesn’t matter to Republicans that their own policies contribute to the daily epidemic of gun violence by making sure that a weapon of mass killing is available anytime to anyone who wants one. Nope, in Republican fantasy land, mass shootings are being caused by the left radicalizing the center of America.
The next time someone implores that a mass shooting not be politicized, keep in mind that not politicizing the moment is usually a plea made by people who don’t want to discuss the real issue. Republicans will politicize anything, which is why Democrats need to stop being nice and bring the ugly truth to the table.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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