In the aftermath of the horrendous tragedy that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio this past weekend, many people are left wondering why and even how something like this could happen. Both shooters have been arrested and are being thoroughly investigated by state and federal agencies such as the FBI.
However, it’s hard for many to believe that such atrocities can be boiled down to just one man and his actions. Therefore, many are seeking to point the finger elsewhere, to outside forces that may have influenced these hateful and disturbed men.
Within hours, and in some cases minutes, of hearing the news, President Trump was accused of inciting such violence. Democrats and left-wing liberals from all over the nation, immediately jumped on that bandwagon, saying he should be held directly responsible.
However, evidence to the contrary has been found.
Mere minutes before the shooting in El Paso occurred, a document was posted online on 8chan, a popular message board platform. The “manifesto” as it is called, is thought to be the work of the shooter who killed 20 people and left 20 others wounded in an El Paso Walmart.
The four-page document was filled with hate and anti-immigrant language. It describes America as a place being overrun by immigrants who are taking “native” jobs and livelihoods. It suggests that the nation should be split into segregated territories by race/ethnicity and also states that “if we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can be more sustainable.”
He goes on to say that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” He calls for keeping all immigrants out.
Clearly, the man was led down a dark path. But he was not driven by President Trump. Neither our commander-in-chief nor the Republican party has ever held the idea that immigrants are not welcome in America.
Legal immigration is, after all, what has made this nation the “melting pot” and widely diverse land of freedom that it is. Without it, we would not have the privileges, nor the luxuries that we do today. It is a benefit to America, and Trump knows it.
To say that Trump is racist and incites this kind of hatred for immigrants and violence against them is absurd.
And this killer even says so. In his manifesto, he states, “My opinions, on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president.”
So, if Trump isn’t leading this man to act who is?
According to the manifesto, he was spurred on by similar attacks that happened in San Diego, California, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Christchurch, New Zealand last year. All of the shooters of those incidents also constructed a manifesto to be posted online and used similar language that was found in the El Paso manifesto.
The El Paso shooter says, “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto.”
And while he was empowered and influenced by these radical extremists, that isn’t what triggered his recent action.
According to recent FBI interview with him, the Democratic debates triggered the shooting.
On Monday morning, 30-year FBI veteran and agent Steve Hooper said that the shooter said he felt “justified” for his actions after watching the DNC debates. During which the candidates were asked if they supported health insurance for illegal immigrants. All of them raised their hand in affirmation.
During the interview with Mike Broomhead, host of the Mike Broomhead Show on KFYI 550 AM, Hooper said, “When the most recent debate when they all said free healthcare, they all raised their hands. That’s what pushed him over the edge. He felt justified. He felt he ran out of alternatives.”
That is not to say Democrats are at fault either. The manifesto points out that corrupt politicians from both parties are to blame for the shooter’s unhappiness with America.
The real point of the matter is, this is a troubled, lost young man who was easily influenced by the wrong crowd. To stand around and point fingers at one party or the other, or even specific people is ludicrous.
If we are going to succeed in actually “doing something,” as so many liberals are saying, we can’t just say it. We have to have plans to back it up. President Trump is doing just that. He is ordering change. He is giving over resources whenever and wherever possible. And his is calling for unity.