The media have been having a field day with the bombings that weren’t. At last count, there were twelve-ish “destructive devices,” of various configurations sent to various Democrats—mostly washed up types—none of which exploded. FBI Director Christopher Wrey, whose credibility ranks right up there with Christine Blasey Ford’s, has claimed the devices were somehow dangerous, but his explanation lacks the detail necessary to know just what they were or how they might be dangerous. Did their design and execution indicate the knowledge necessary to construct a real bomb? Were they actually viable explosives? We still don’t know.
Perhaps most interesting is a statement attributed to “the investigation” that the nonabomber, who would like his name mentioned here, may not be the only person involved, and they are looking for persons who may have influenced or encouraged him. Piercing the veil of cop-speak, this suggests the nonabomber has talked, and implicated someone (or someones) who was encouraging and/or manipulating him. Hmmm. Perhaps this is not as simple as a Trump supporter committing an outrage against Democrats coincidentally just before the mid terms? We’ll see.
Let us, gentle readers, see what Rich Lowry, At Jewish World Review, has to say:
It’s not any less awful for being so familiar.
The last three high-profile attacks that have convulsed the nation, two in just the last week or so, have been carried out by fringe loners who fit the stereotype of the perpetrators of such crimes precisely — they didn’t fit in, they were ‘off,’ they kept to themselves.
The word that comes up again and again in accounts of their lives is ‘alone,’ always alone.
The life of [the nonabomber], who mailed crude pipe bombs to Democrats ranging from George Soros to Hillary Clinton to Robert De Niro, was a pitiable wreck. His father abandoned his family as a child and after dropping out of college, [He] lived with his grandmother.
Then, he went from place to place, performing as a male stripper. He compiled a record of petty crime, lost his home, declared bankruptcy and carried around what money he had in a briefcase, because he didn’t trust the banks.
He was estranged from his family and resisted its pleas for him to get help. [He] lived out of his van, bizarrely festooned with pro-Trump stickers.
And soccer stickers, don’t forget the soccer stickers. He is also reportedly a steroid—bodybuilder—abuser, and of course, a social media nut in general. Oh yes: he apparently likes President Trump—and soccer. I think there’s more violence associated with soccer, isn’t there?
All of this, as every other negative thing in the world, is Donald Trump’s fault. Just a few examples from The Washington Times:
Team Clinton wasn’t buying it. Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines tweeted at the president, ‘This is on you.’
‘With every fiber of your rotten being you’ve incited & condoned hate,’ Mr. Reines posted. ‘Never in 643 days have you discouraged people from unleashing the violence inside them. Your very existence requires anger & fear. You need it like normal people need oxygen.’
Mrs. Clinton said the president and Republicans don’t deserve civility from Democrats.
‘You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,’ Mrs. Clinton said two weeks ago. ‘That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.’
Ms. Waters, California Democrat, called on Americans to ‘absolutely harass’ Trumpadministration officials in public last summer in the wake of a furor over the separation of illegal migrant families at the Mexican border.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that they ‘listened with great interest’ as Mr. Trumpcalled for unity and condemned the bombings — but they added that those words aren’t good enough.
‘President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence,’ the two Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.
‘Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people,’ they said.
CNN host Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said even after CNN’s offices were evacuated because of the mailed bombs, ‘There’s still somebody walking by saying, ‘Cuomo, communist,’ ‘CNN communist’ — where do you think he got that? Where do you think that language came from?’
‘Nobody ever said that to me pre-Trump,’ Mr. Cuomo said. ‘The ugliness and the invective that comes out of the White House, and specifically from the president, matters. I’m not saying it’s directly responsible for what happened today. It doesn’t need to be. There are other reasons, there are other pressures that could have led somebody to want to do something like this. But it matters. When [the president] had a rally [Monday night] calling out these same kinds of people who were targeted and the media, you can’t think it has no effect.
These are the more rational—for values of rational—attempts to blame Mr. Trump. Some have tried to tie Mr. Trump’s enforcement of immigration law relative to the caravans to the nonabombings and the Pittsburg Synagogue attack.
Rational people are, of course, glad the bombs turned out to be non-bombs, despite what the FBI Director might have to say. The crimes committed by that pathetic wretch are no less serious for a lack of explosions, and no less deserving of rigorous prosecution.
But in the best Rahm Emanuel sense of never letting a crisis go to waste, the Left will never let go of even the most nonexistent connection to Mr. Trump, even if they have to invent one. Such is the case with one Julia Loffe, a correspondent for GQ Magazine, writing in The Washington Post:
The president did not tell a deranged man to send pipe bombs to the people he regularly lambastes on Twitter and lampoons in his rallies, so he’s not at fault. Trump didn’t cause another deranged man to tweetthat the caravan of refugees moving toward America’s southern border (the one Trump has complained about endlessly) is paid for by the Jews before he shot up a synagogue. Trump certainly never told him, ‘Go kill some Jews on a rainy Shabbat morning.
One might think Loffe rational. One would be wrong:
But this definition of culpability is too narrow, too legalistic — and ultimately too dishonest. The pipe-bomb makers and synagogue shooters and racists who mowed a woman down in Charlottesville were never even looking for Trump’s explicit blessing, because they knew the president had allowed bigots like them to go about their business, secure in the knowledge that, like Nemtsov’s killers, they don’t really bother the president, at least not too much. His role is just to set the tone. Their role is to do the rest.
Ms. Joffe has also recently claimed: “And this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.”
Ah! So President Trump is an Islamist terrorist leader, and is responsible because he allows people who have not yet committed a crime to go about life unmolested by government. And worse of all, he sets “the tone,” which is apparently one of many dog whistles only Democrats and lunatics can detect. Hearing that tone, they know they have been given leave to commit atrocities with the blessing of the President of the United States. Such atrocities to be committed only against Democrats, except in Pittsburgh where the shooter hated President Trump. One wonders which dog whistle he was hearing.
To buy Loffe’s reasoning, such as it is, one has to believe deranged killers worry about what might not “really bother the president, at least not too much.” Presumably if they believed it would bother the President, even one they hate because they think him too cozy with Jews, they would not proceed. Except they must wait for him to “set the tone,” but without actually, in any real way, advocating violence. The fact that Mr. Trump fights back against Democrat attacks and fake news is apparently sufficient tone setting for the deranged, somehow particularly attuned to the subtleties of such tonality.
The double standard inherent in such arguments is as clear as it is disgusting. Democrats may call, explicitly, for the terrorizing of Republicans. Their supporters engage in innumerable crimes and direct violence, making their political motivations absolutely clear. They harass Republicans at their workplaces, in public places, and their homes, heckle and harangue legislators, and even the President, in the halls of Congress. These acts are unconnected to Democrat’s rhetoric–they produce no whistles, dog or otherwise–which rarely, if ever, extends as far as decrying such hateful rhetoric and resulting acts of non-toney actual violence.
But let a Republican dare criticize them or their thugs, and they’re setting tones that lunatics will take as license. Let’s hear from Lowry once more:
One way to look at recent mass killings (or attempted killings) is as the handiwork of a very small, violent fringe of the socially disconnected. Their destructiveness is directed outward, in cowardly acts of mindless malice, rather than inward. They marinate in hate and proudly share their lunatic obsessions online, in a twisted simulacrum of community. They seek their identity in political extremism, Jew-hatred or the hellish idolatry of school shootings.
Their crimes are, in their diseased view, feats of grandeur. They make up for the sting of failure and rejection. They give them a chance at perverse consequence and notoriety otherwise not available to them in their marginal lives and social isolation.
Crazy people do crazy things. Criminals often do things merely because they want to do them, because they’re deranged, anti-social, and bear the self-imposed burden of a thousand self-imagined wrongs. Some do it because they’re sociopaths. They like harming others. They’re evil. No politician’s rhetoric is required, and they’re immune to the setting of tone. They hear no whistles. It is they, alone, that are responsible for their crimes.
If Democrats think their bizarre, illogical theories of Trump culpability will resonate with voters, they’re badly mistaken. They’re projecting. They truly believe no Leftist policy or narrative can possibly be wrong, so they’re incapable of recognizing their red-faced, spittle-flinging hatred is repulsive, and does not have the intended effect: it does not convince normal Americans to hate President Trump as they do, and it surely does not convince them to vote for Democrats.
Joe Normal American is not going to think “Golly! I didn’t consider that whole tone thing before. By enforcing the law, protecting our borders, and calling out the media when they make things up, the evil Trump is setting the tone that caused the bombings and the Pittsburg attack. I’m voting the straight Democrat ticket in November! What’s that whistling I’m hearing?”
What all normal Americans must remember is the Left’s attacks on President Trump are merely symbolic. They hate him because he represents normals. It is normals they hate, the deplorables, the gun and God clingers, the white men, the women that don’t think them monsters, the blacks who dare leave the plantation, Jews that support Israel, the people that work with their hands, that build and create and maintain, the producers, not the takers, the Americans that dare think the Constitution the supreme law of the land, and any American that does not mindlessly hate as they do.
To paraphrase Sally Field:
you hate me; you really hate me.
We would be wise never to forget it, for those that hate us with a blind fury tend to act on that hatred. Ironically, it was a Democrat—JFK–that said it best:
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.