Originally published November 24, 2022
The political attacks by Democrats on Republicans for not buying into the massive social change that they’ve been pushing found a new hammer to hit with when a madman shot up an LGBT bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Forget taking seconds to figure out anything about this attacker, the same people who have the same agenda made the same attacks on their political opponents, to the accolades of their sycophantic fanbase. The most egregious example comes from New York’s very own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The target of AOC’s ire is Lauren Boebert, who happens to be the representative from Colorado Springs. Boebert is part of this new cadre of Republicans who follows the mold created by Donald Trump and perfected by emulating AOC herself. This mold is not about legislation or delivering to your constituents, but rather about making national headlines or getting Instagram and twitter followers.
Boebert, being a right-wing version of this type of politician, has said some insane things about inserting LGBT ideology into child rearing and education – well, insane by AOC’s standards. The most outrageous things Boebert have tweeted include, “Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars,” referred to “kid-friendly drag shows” as “depravity,” and accused the Left of trying to groom children into their social norms.
So when Boebert tweeted in response to this shooting, “The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful. This morning the victims & their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly,” AOC and others had to respond. AOC wrote back, “@laurenboebert you have played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws. You don’t get to ‘thoughts and prayers’ your way out of this. Look inward and change.”
As if that wasn’t enough, AOC continued by blaming all Republicans. “After Trump elevated anti-immigrant & anti-Latino rhetoric,” she wrote, “we had the deadliest anti-Latino shooting in modern history. After anti-Asian hate w/COVID, Atlanta. Tree of life. Emanuel AME. Buffalo. And now after an anti-LGBT+ campaign, Colorado Springs. Connect the dots, @GOP.”
The response to AOC was an outpouring of adoration. The tweets got 260k and 110k likes, respectively. People love blaming Republicans for the actions of a psychopath who was previously arrested for allegedly trying to kill his own mother.
Let’s also examine the actual claims that AOC is making. Because Boebert advocates against taking children to drag bars and doesn’t want children to mutilate themselves, she is the bad guy in this tragedy? She can’t even offer a prayer for her own constituents?
And while ACO clearly connects invisible and non-existent dots from mass shootings to the GOP, does she do the same for the Democrats? Does she connect the shooting of Dallas police officers in 2016 to BLM and Barack Obama? Does she connect the Congressional baseball shooting to Bernie Sanders? Does she connect hundreds of violent riots around the country in the summer of 2020 to her own rhetoric? Obviously not.
According to AOC and her ilk on the political left, their rhetoric is perfectly fine and acceptable, and if someone acts based on it, they are a “lone wolf.” However, on the right, the rhetoric is the problem, and they are looking to shut it down any way they can. Parents who want to safeguard their children are the problem. Legislators who want to prevent men from taking off their clothes in front of kids are a problem. “Right wing fanatics” who don’t buy into the latest social trend are the problem. They need to be taken down by any means necessary, and if that means that the dead have to be used as weapons against them, so be it.
Let’s call this what it is: a conspiracy theory. Blaming Republicans for this is like saying that George W. Bush planned 9/11 or Hillary Clinton has a nefarious operation at a pizza store. AOC should be treated like Alex Jones, who is one of the few people Elon Musk is not allowing back on twitter. Boebert should seriously consider a defamation suit against AOC, because it is unacceptable in our political discourse to be blaming fellow members of Congress for mass murder because they prefer church over drag bars.