Last week, the United States was shaken by a string of politically-motivated attacks. The first was a series of fifteen pipe bombs that were sent to various public figures who have been vocal opponents of President Donald Trump, including Barack Obama, the Clintons, George Soros, Robert DeNiro, and the CNN news network. Fortunately, none of the bombs exploded and nobody was injured, although the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old man of Filipino descent who was well-known as an ardent Trump supporter, as the perpetrator played right into the Left and the media’s hands. The story, which first broke on Monday, dominated American headlines throughout the week.
Second, on Wednesday, a 51-year-old white man named Gregory Bush was arrested in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, near Louisville, for killing two black people, apparently at random, at a Kroger supermarket. A few minutes prior to the shootings, Bush was filmed attempting to enter a nearby Baptist church which has a black congregation, but was unable to do so as its doors were locked. It has been alleged that Bush’s intention was to open fire in the church, but when he was unable to do so, he went to Kroger instead. Bush was then confronted by an armed citizen with a concealed weapons permit, forcing Bush to flee, after which he was apprehended by police. (It is likely that this person’s brave actions, contrary to the narrative anti-gun advocates present, prevented even more lives from being lost.) These murders were largely overshadowed in the media, however, due to their fixation on the bomb attacks.
Lastly, and most devastatingly, 46-year-old white man Robert Bowers opened fire at random in the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing eleven Jews and injuring several others, including four police officers who responded to the scene. Bowers had been active on social media and made his obsessive anti-Semitism well-known, blaming Jews for America’s immigration crisis, and had even announced his attack on the Gab site only minutes before he entered the synagogue. His post read, “HIAS [the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
All of these incidents were a gift to the mainstream media and Leftist politicians, who are ever-vigilant in their efforts to find ways to discredit the Trump administration, and the anti-immigration Right more broadly. They immediately began to spin them – as with every incident of racially-charged violence going back to the 2016 presidential campaign – as being the consequence of Trump’s nationalist and anti-immigration rhetoric, especially given that Trump has chosen to make the migrant caravan currently heading towards the US from South America one of his major talking points in recent weeks. They are also using the shootings as an opportunity to take Trump to task for his staunch defense of individual gun rights, something which reached a fever pitch earlier this year with the shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida and the Left’s subsequent exploitation of the school’s students in an attempt to undermine both the Republicans and gun rights organizations. In other words, the Left now has several bloody shirts to wave as part of a multi-pronged attack on the Trump administration.
The fact that the much-anticipated 2018 midterm elections, which will determine whether the House of Representatives remains in the hands of a Republican majority or falls to the Democrats, and which is being hailed by the Left as a referendum on Trump’s policies (whether they actually are is another question), were less than two weeks away lent even greater significance to these events. The American Left sees public horror at these attacks as a golden opportunity to steal the momentum back after having lost it, according to polls, during the controversy surrounding the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court earlier this month. The timeliness of these attacks from a strategic perspective for the Democrats has led some on the Right to speculate that some or all of these incidents may have been “false flag attacks” carried out either by Leftist operatives or the Deep State; considering that as of now there is no evidence for this, I’ll leave that aside, but certainly, assuming it’s false, Trump’s enemies couldn’t have done much more damage had they tried.
The pipe bomb attacks in particular played into the Left’s narrative given that Cesar Sayoc turned out to be an obsessive – to the point of sociopathy – Trump supporter whose van was plastered in pro-Trump and anti-Leftist messages. (It’s worth noting that some media reports have quoted Sayoc’s co-workers as saying that, despite his ancestry, Sayoc was a white supremacist who sought to return to the days of the Third Reich.) But the synagogue shootings have now enabled the Left not only to try to tar Trump and his supporters with the “Nazi” brush – in spite of the fact that by his statements and actions, not to mention the fact that his daughter and son-in-law are Jews, Trump is probably the most philo-Semitic President since Lyndon Johnson – but to shut down all criticism of figures and institutions that are crucial to the Left.
The Left’s forces were not long in exploiting the ensuing moral shock in the public conscience for their own advantage. Within hours of the synagogue shooting, similarly to what befell many Rightist sites in the wake of Charlottesville last year, the social media site Gab, which bills itself as being opposed to all forms of censorship and is seen as being a haven for Alt-Right supporters (despite the fact that it has a highly diverse set of users), was dropped by PayPal, their primary method of receiving donations. Shortly after that, their Webhost, GoDaddy, gave them a 24-hour ultimatum to leave their platform for “terms of service” violations. This was in spite of the fact that Gab had fully cooperated with law enforcement immediately upon learning that Bowers had an account on their site. Also, despite the fact that Bowers had had accounts on Facebook and Twitter in which he had also made anti-Semitic statements, they were not held accountable. The reason for this is obvious: Gab is associated with the Right, therefore it must be evil. I’m sure the other social media sites were not sorry to see a competitor go down, either.
The fallout was not limited to those who had been directly involved with Bowers and Sayoc. Already by Sunday, an occasional guest on Fox News, Chris Farrell, the director of the Judicial Watch group, was told that he would no longer be welcome on their network and that repeats of his past appearances would no longer be shown. The reason was that on Saturday night, a repeat of an earlier episode of Lou Dobbs Tonight featuring Farrell was shown in which he alluded to the (documented) connections between the US State Department and George Soros – a notion which is naturally dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by the Left. Although it was not explicitly mentioned in Fox’s statement, every mainstream media article on it made sure to underscore that the idea that Soros is behind a global network of liberal subversion is “anti-Semitic.” The idea that any criticism of Soros is inherently anti-Semitic is, of course, ludicrous, but this has long been a Leftist tactic to try to deflect attention away from one of their primary sponsors. Had the broadcast taken place prior to the bomb attacks and the shootings, chances are it would have passed without remark – but the Left saw their chance, and Fox, no doubt afraid of being accused of anti-Semitism itself, was all too happy to oblige.
Also on Sunday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was accused of anti-Semitism for a tweet (since deleted) that he had posted accusing Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg – all prominent financiers of the Democratic Party who happen to be Jewish – of attempting to “buy” the midterm elections. The accusation was made by Steyer himself. Again, the Left and its minions in the mainstream media used anti-Semitism as a means of shutting down discussion their wealthy benefactors’ influence.
But the primary outcome of this tragic week has been the strong reinforcement of the narrative, long promoted by the Left and the mainstream media, that Trump’s administration has been divisive and that he has been fostering a “climate of hate” between America’s ethnic groups. It cannot be denied that President Trump’s rhetoric has been incendiary and polarizing – but such can only be expected given that his term has been the first time that a spark of genuine nationalist feeling has appeared in Washington in decades. Prior to Trump, the Democratic and Republican parties had largely reached convergence on most issues of importance to ordinary Americans – namely, in supporting globalization, multiculturalism, and mass immigration at all costs, as well as in setting the Middle East ablaze in a series of endless wars.
The accusation of fostering division was most evident on Tuesday, when President Trump visited the site of the synagogue shooting to express his condolences – and yet many on the Left criticized him for appearing at all, claiming that the shooting was the result of his own rhetoric. (Of course, had he not gone there, Trump’s enemies would have raked him over the coals for his indifference.) This was in spite of the fact that the shooter, Bowers, had made many statements on social media denouncing Trump for his pro-Jewish policies and for admitting Jews into his cabinet. Bowers was actually a Trump opponent, not a supporter – but somehow, in the Left’s eyes, Trump remains responsible for what happened, as if anti-Semitic and racist attacks had never occurred in the US prior to his election (which is of course far from the case).
Accusing Trump and his supporters of divisiveness is to ignore the fact that the American Left has been using the very same tactics all along, and that these have been having the very same sort of dangerous effect on their supporters – it’s just not being spun that way. The Left has been encouraging attacks on Trump administration officials and Republicans, resulting in the harassment of some of these people and their families when they are in public places in confrontations that often veer dangerously close to outright violence. To cite only the most recent of many such incidents, at the beginning of last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were confronted by a protester at a restaurant who insulted and threatened them, and threw their food on the floor. These aren’t merely isolated incidents perpetrated by extremists, but are being actively encouraged by prominent members of the Democratic Party. In June, California Representative Maxine Waters explicitly called for harassment of Republicans in a public address, saying:
Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.
Likewise, earlier in October, Hillary Clinton herself rejected the idea that Democrats should retain even a veneer of civility when dealing with their opponents. In an interview with CNN, Clinton said:
You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. 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.
It’s therefore simply untenable to claim that all of the hostility is only coming from the Republican side. The Democrats are doing all the same things; they’re simply not as good at it, especially given that the ideas which they’ve been propagating in recent decades have lost their appeal for all but their most hardcore supporters. Their defeat at Trump’s hands in 2016 should have resulted in soul-searching and a complete rethinking of their platform. This isn’t what happened, however. Instead, the Democrats chose to find scapegoats to blame for their loss: Russian conspiracies, the ineffectiveness of the Electoral College system, the (in reality, miniscule) influence of the Alt-Right, the stupidity of small-town rubes for failing to appreciate Hillary’s greatness. Ever since, they’ve been whining as if they had been deprived of something that was theirs by right, and have doubled down on all the bizarre rhetoric and promotion of minority causes that led mainstream Americans to become alienated from them in the first place.
And the American Left has its fair share of crazies, also. There hasn’t been much in the way of condemnation of the Antifa by the mainstream Left, in spite of the fact that they’re being used to violently shut down free speech all over America these days, and pose a much greater danger to democratic values than the Alt-Right ever has – except in the Left’s imagination, of course. (Some elements of the American Antifa have even received Soros money.) This is not to mention another incident which was quickly flushed down the memory hole: when James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican Congressmen who were practicing for a charity baseball game on June 14, 2017. Although four people were injured, fortunately, no one was killed – but had Hodgkinson been a better shot, or had security not been as effective, the incident might have ended up being every bit as ugly as the synagogue shooting. It turned out that Hodgkinson was not just a random nut, but had actually worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign the previous year. In part because nobody died, but mainly because it didn’t fit the narrative of Trump as the engine of divisiveness, the incident was quickly forgotten. Had he been a Trump supporter, his name would have been reiterated ad nauseum by the Left and their media cronies.
Also, in a blatant example of the media’s double standards, at the beginning of October, weeks before Sayoc’s bombs were sent, packages containing the poison ricin were intercepted on their way to Secretary of Defense James Mattis (appointed by Trump), Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, and Trump himself. Despite the fact that these attacks were no less potentially deadly than the attempts that were made by Sayoc, they received little attention in the mainstream media given that the intended victims were Republicans, and by now this has been completely forgotten outside of Right-wing sources.
Last week, Trump also ruffled liberal feathers by daring to declare himself a “nationalist” during a campaign rally. This was said to be further evidence of Trump’s crypto-fascist tendencies – in spite of the fact that the Left avidly promotes nationalist causes when they don’t involve whites, such as in their eager embrace of the militant, black nationalist Black Lives Matter movement.
It’s quite clear what is going on. Given that the American Left refuses to believe that they need to reexamine themselves in any way and actually develop a program that appeals to working-class Americans again, they are simply doubling down on the same rhetoric with which they lost the 2016 election, and are attempting to monopolize the social narrative by tarring the opposition’s rhetoric as “hate speech,” and glossing over whatever doesn’t fit the story they want to tell. Rather than admit that, maybe, there’s room for compromise and common ground, or for a change in tactics, they choose to promote the extremists, such as Sayoc and Bowers, as being typical of their opposition as a whole, presenting themselves as America’s saviors from “extremism.” In fact, these people are no more archetypal of the Right than was Hodgkinson of the Left. The fact is that people who are violent sociopaths will sometimes latch on to political causes to justify their urges; sometimes they will identify with the Right, sometimes with the Left. But we can’t allow this unfortunate truth to limit what we can or cannot say. It’s simply a fact of life. Short of limiting political discourse to the most uncontroversial, milquetoast rhetoric, it’s unavoidable. All of Western civilization is undergoing a sociopolitical crisis on a level that hasn’t been seen in decades; there’s simply no way to address these problems without angering some people and, yes, risking the possibility that there might be occasional outbursts of violence.
The Left, however, prefers to continue living in a fantasy world in which their enemies are nothing more than a caricature of the Right, and where everyone who supports Donald Trump is the same as Sayoc, Bowers, and Hitler – in other words, we’re all insane. As such, the vast majority of American Leftists at all levels of society are refusing to engage with the Right altogether, preferring to see all its aspects as nothing more than evil incarnate. Granted, this is also the way many Rightists see the world today – but how else should one respond to people who believe that even the slightest suggestion of putting one’s own people first in social matters makes one a “Nazi”? We cannot allow the Left to monopolize the conversation with these tactics. Congressman McCarthy was wrong to delete his tweet about Soros in response to Leftist pressure; if anything, his attempt to make it disappear just added credence to the Left’s claim that there was something racist in his statement. But this is hardly a surprise, since the Republican Party’s willingness to continually allow their opponents to set the terms for what is acceptable in debate has been one of the main reasons why the American political landscape has moved so far to the Left in recent years. (Not that the Republican Party as a whole really represents anything truly Right-wing, anyway – but that’s a subject for another time.)
Whether the Democrats will succeed in swinging the midterm elections in their favor by exploiting these tragic events remains to be seen. They are certainly trying to do that, but ten days lie between the synagogue shootings and Election Day – and, given the current pace of American politics, that’s virtually an aeon in political time, and the American public is extremely fickle. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. Despite the tone of the rhetoric surrounding it, this isn’t the most important election in history, and nothing is going to be settled no matter which side wins. The important thing for the Right – and I’m addressing the True Right here, those people who put the interests of their own people first, and not the Republicans – is to not be intimidated by the Left’s attacks, continue to stand by our principles, and to not allow them to be dismissed as crazy or extremist. We are the ones who really stand for our people, our heritage, a set of values, and our civilization, and not for the interests of a particular set of corporate masters. The fact that we are denounced as extremists for standing by beliefs that any normal person would have taken for granted only decades ago is an indicator that time is on our side. Eternity stands behind us, whereas today’s Left represents nothing more than a momentary, frenzied spasm.