Media figures have a new boogyman to explain the explosion of looting, violence and acts of arson that the George Floyd killing ostensibly prompted — white supremacists and Trump supporters are the culprits.
The same leftists who initially made excuses for the rioting, claiming it was understandable and wasn't all that bad are now calling the rioters "white nationalists," with MSNBC's Joy Reid leading the charge.
"Black people show up and protest the death of an innocent black man and suddenly ... we got to go full force," she said last week, criticizing what she thought was excessive police response to the protesters.
She turned that completely around Saturday in response to Attorney General Bill Barr's denouncement of the rioters' "violent agenda." Reid also changed the acts of the rioters from "protests" to "anarchy and infiltration."
"So now, the attorney general, Bill Barr, is attempting to pin the anarchy and infiltration, which is already documented as coming from white nationalist groups, on 'left leaning' ANTIFA groups," she said on Twitter. "The goal is to force the media to repeat that. What is his proof?"
Proof? Well, using the "if it walks, swims and quacks like a duck" theory, the fact that they're all skinny, loud-mouthed white kids dressed in black Antifa garb is a pretty good hint. On the other hand the violence has never been "documented as coming from white nationalist groups" as she claims.
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck shot back, "Where is the proof from officials in Minnesota that the violence and looting was done by white supremacists?"
If you're wondering where this lunacy got its start, a reporter at a news conference originally tossed Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz the theory that the rioters may have been white supremacists — and he ran with it.
"I certainly can't confirm personally on this," he told the reporter. "[But] my suspicions and what I've seen on this, yes."
That must have been the documented evidence Joy Reid was referring to — Walz's "suspicions."
Taking the next step, Iranian-American author and TV host Reza Aslan claimed that "White Supremacists=Trump Supporters. These are Trump supporters burning and looting."
And what's the proof of that? When Huffington Post senior writer Chris Mathias described riots that were happening over the weekend in Brooklyn, self-described "boulevardier and warlord" Rhys Muldoon observed that Brooklyn was "Trump's home town."
And there you have it! He nailed it! He found the connection! Well, in truth the president was born in Queens, but hey, Brooklyn, Queens, what's the difference, right?
Also, a large group of those same "Trump supporters" rioted at the White House, spray painted and smashed the windows of several Secret Service vehicles. Another group attacked Trump Tower in New York City, prompting Spectator contributor Stephen L. Miller to ask, "Why are Nazis protesting the tower of their leader?"
The way this story is developing, next week they'll have Ivanka Trump directing the riots from the White House, if not actually taking part.
One side note is apparent: If we can riot, maim and destroy property in person during May and June, we can vote in person in November.
But as for the present situation, it's obvious that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's directive that his police use a "light touch" in handling these hooligans won't work. Law enforcement has to come down hard and treat them like the criminals they are.
Also, promoting fairy tales that the violence is being committed by white nationalists and Trump supporters is unproductive. It's engaging wishful thinking at the expense of increasing tensions between political parties
And most of all, one thing gets lost in all the static — George Floyd himself and the horrifying manner in which he was killed while he cried for his mother. It's doubtful that most of these thugs even know his name.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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