The other day on MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace asked her guest, Congresswoman Karen Bass, “Do you believe that other than endangering the lives of those four congresswomen that he targeted in those racist tweets, do you believe he’s putting, do you believe he’d have blood on his hands if there were a racially-inspired attack in this country,” Wallace asked. “I absolutely believe that. Yes,” the congresswoman said.
The reason Wallace pushed to get Bass on record this was is because Bass had already said something extraordinary. In a dissertation on the death threats received by the four Democratic congresswomen blasted by President Trump, Bass said, “And you remember, when the guy went in and shot up the synagogue, remember who he cited. He said that the president said that they were getting funding to encourage Central Americans to come over to the United States. I believe that his racist, hateful rhetoric absolutely has consequences. All he needs to do is trigger somebody who is mentally unstable, or who is a bigger racist than he is, and somebody else is going to get hurt. I believe people have already been hurt because of his racist rhetoric.”
Ms. Wallace allowed the congresswoman not just to make her case and insist the President has blood on his hands, but did so with no protest. A topic not raised by the two was that of Van Spronsen. The sixty-nine year old Spronsen, only a few days before, died while attempting to firebomb an immigration center in Tacoma, WA.
Spronsen embraced Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claims that these centers are concentration camps. The self-described anarchist and antifascist decided to do something about it. The concentration camp claims have been all over MSNBC including with several hosts on the network defending the claims.
Also not raised by Ms. Wallace or Congresswoman Bass was the seemingly forgotten mass assassination attempt on Republican members of Congress by James Hodgkinson. I am continually astonished by how quickly and easily Democrats dismiss the story. Hodgkinson, we know, was inspired by progressive claims that Republicans were going to kill people due to their healthcare reforms. As a result, the unstable man made his way to Virginia to a congressional Republican baseball practice and opened fire.
The Hodgkinson story fell out of the regular news cycle after three days and within five days the story had mostly disappeared except for health updates on Congressman Steve Scalise. As of the writing of this column, we in the fifth day of reporters hounding Republicans about the President’s tweet last Sunday morning. The double standard by the press is staggering.
For five years, conservatives have spoken loudly about the growing threat from Antifa. Emboldened during the Obama years and quickly turning to violence during the Trump years, Antifa continues to get sympathetic coverage from journalists. CNN’s Chris Cuomo actually excused Antifa’s violent actions as morally different from the white supremacists out there. Many journalists who complain loudly about President Trump inspiring violence against reporters were bending over backwards to make excuses for Antifa beating up journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, OR two weeks ago.
There is a great deal of talk on the left and in the media about a violent, out of control alt-right in this country. But James Hodgkinson came from the left. He came from the same movement that inspired Floyd Lee Corkins in 2012 to attempt the mass murder of Christian activists at the Family Research Council. Actually paying attention to both and what Antifa has been doing could cause any rational person to predict Van Spronsen’s actions would happen.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said there were concentration camps and a man is now dead. Democrats said Republicans would kill people with healthcare reform and six people nearly died in a mass assassination attempt as a result of those claims. But Donald Trump tweeted something mean, he must be held accountable.
Our moral betters behind the anchor desks and keyboards of American newsrooms have rarely met a violent progressive they did not want to excuse. They will go to their graves covering for the growing violence on the left while condemning mean tweets from the right.