The Tucson Massacre’s Hall Of Shame: Leftists Who Used Tragedy To Smear The Right


Cross-posted at Nice Deb

The massacre in Tucson was a horrendous tragedy. Everyone in the country, of every ideological stripe, should have been allowed to mourn the victims’ deaths and injuries without the imposition of having to defend people who had nothing at all to do with it. But where normal people saw tragedy, the far left saw opportunity. They jumped at the chance to implicate an entire movement, and their leaders, (most notably Sarah Palin) as accessories to the crime. They did this before anything was even known about the assailant. They did it because of their own visceral hatred for their political enemies.

Now, that it is known beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jared Loughner was not inspired by right-wing rhetoric, the tea party, Sarah Palin, or any other conservative notable, I think it’s useful, and frankly cathartic to name the names of the despicable vultures who swooped in and engaged in this contemptible behavior.

Here they are, all in one place, for you to hoot, jeer, boo, cat call, heckle and throw virtual (as in not real) rotten fruit at:

The Tucson Massacre Hall of Shame:

@mattyglesias: of Think Progress, (known in the right-wing blogosphere as the world’s dumbest blogger), was by all appearances, the first to assign blame to Palin, on Twitter:

A reminder that gun imagery and electoral politics don’t mix that well: http://yfrog.com/h4j00sj

The vile Markos: (taking Yglesias’s bait) Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.

Jane Fonda tweeted some really sick and despicable stuff, as well, on the day of the shooting:
@SarahPalinUSA holds responsibility. As does the violence provoking rhetoric of the tea party.
Glenn Beck guilty, too. Shame. It must stop!
Michael Moore on Twitter:

“‘When Palin put crosshairs on a map w/Rep. Giffords & 19 other Dem congressmen/women, she urged followers to ‘reload’ & ‘aim’ for Democrats.”
Liberals on Twitter, not self-aware enough to notice the sad irony, proceeded to pile on Palin with an obscene slew of death tweets.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/18733744 w=400&h=300]

Palin Death Wish Tweets Re Tucson Shooting from Legal Insurrection on Vimeo.

Sheriff Dupnik, a Democrat shocked the nation by irresponsibly offering his political opinion, rather than sticking to the facts. His first statement coming right out of the box:

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this county is getting to be outrageous. Unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital,” Dupnik continued.

“We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry,” Dupnik said.

Arizona is a Republican stronghold where the party members hold a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the legislature and occupy the governor’s office.

Subsequent statements have been even worse, and just as unsubstantiated. No wonder calls are mounting for him to resign.