Navy Yard Shooter was a Liberal Obama Supporter

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Aaron Alexis

That shouldn’t be too surprising considering that he was hearing voices in his head and having paranoid delusions.

Tuesday, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Michael Ritrovato spoke at length about his friend, suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. After expressing his condolences to the victims and their families, Ritrovato then expressed his shock over the actions of a man he described as being “like a brother to me” and a “good-natured guy.”

Ritrovato  went on to explain that two of them had a close relationship based in part on their differences, specifically race and politics. Alexis was black, Ritrovato is white. Ritrovato described himself as conservative and Alexis is “more of a liberal type” who supported Barack Obama:

I would say things like, ‘You know, you are my brother from another mother.’ And he would say things like, ‘You’re my Italian mafia guy from New York.’ So we had things we joked about: Aaron wasn’t conservative like I am. He was more of a liberal type; he wasn’t happy with the former [Bush] administration. He was more happy with this [the Obama] administration — as far as presidential administrations.

Clearly another Tea Party type brandishing an AR-15. Or the exact opposite of that. The left does tend to produce a surplus of the mentally ill and its advocates tend to have too many power fantasies that they dress up as activism.

Alexis Aaron was an Obama supporter. So was disgruntled LAPD shooter Christopher Dorner. Both men had some thing in common. Military and law enforcement backgrounds. Paranoid obsessions with racial persecution and liberal political views.

Maybe we do need gun control… for Obama supporters.

  • Gee

    I think that there are more than enough crazy people from the liberals and conservatives that neither side has anything to brag about

    • truebearing

      No, the liberals have the bragging rights, hands down.

  • Seek

    So is the point here that every liberal, deep down, is a mass murderer in the making? That’s pretty low. Look, I personally would have fried this scumbag if he weren’t already dead. But this sort of character assassination makes all conservatives look petty and frankly ugly.

    • truebearing

      First you decried generalizations about liberals having an obsession with power — which happens to be historically true — then you end your whine-alog by generalizing about “all conservatives,” based solely on one conservative’s comment…that happened to be true. Pretty hypocritical, not to mention dumb.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “So is the point here that every liberal, deep down, is a mass murderer in the making?”

      No. We’re just looking for patterns that might help us understand reality. Understanding things helps us to find real-world solutions.

      Like for example explaining how disappointed dupes of the left constantly blame conservatives when leftist elites can’t deliver on their promises and blame everyone else. Some of them lose it because they find out that they don’t have a “right” to live like they want without finding a way personally. The state is not responsible for your happiness.

      “But this sort of character assassination makes all conservatives look petty and frankly ugly.”

      I think you misunderstood.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Yes. All lefties are insane and potential serial killers.

    • thushjz

      You do it to us all the time…and what we’re saying is the truth as opposed to your false accusations…suck on that for awhile

  • truebearing

    We need to ban something. Should we ban Obama first, or his idiot supporters? Given Obama’s foreign policy performance and his supporters lack of brains, we have a true chicken/egg dilemma. If only we could ban both.

  • Veracious_one

    he wasn’t happy with the former [Bush] administration.

    and yet he was happy with the Obama administration…..”Bush derangement syndrome” strikes again…it was Bush’s fault…

  • labman57

    All available evidence points to an apolitical motive behind this tragic act of violence. The shooter apparently had some mental demons which may have been the driving force in his senseless rampage.

    But the right wing blogosphere sees a person of color and immediately attempts to link the suspect with the Obama Administration, demonstrating once again that these POTUS haters will never let reality undermine their inflammatory rhetoric.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “But the right wing blogosphere sees a person of color and immediately attempts to link the suspect with the Obama Administration, demonstrating once again that these POTUS haters will never let reality undermine their inflammatory rhetoric.”

      His politics are worth mentioning to set the record straight before the leftist press starts mentioning tea party members. By name. As if that never happened before?

      Leftists hate inconvenient facts and then make up their own when they can get away with it.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Another lefty Black murderer. Yawn. Is there any other kind?

      • labman57

        I guess we must ignore the vast majority of mass murderers and serial killers that have preyed on the innocent throughout American history.

        In other words, another willfully ignorant, right wing historical revisionist — is there any other kind?

        • Race_Dissident

          He didn’t say mass murderer or serial killer, he said murderer. And in that dismal rubric, Leftist blacks are dramatically overrepresented.

    • truebearing

      Greenfield didn’t link him with Obama, his friend did. Duh.
      It isn’t the Right that jumps on anything to do with color. Blacks voted nearly perfectly monolithically for Obama because he was black. Many liberals voted for Obama over Hillary because of color. You idiots are the ones obsessed with race and color. Racial posturing is your franchise.

      What is wrong with turning the tables on the hypocritical, lying racialist Left? The same thing that is wrong with mocking you…..nothing.

    • Race_Dissident

      I’d say Greenfield linked Alexis to Obama pretty conclusively. But it really wasn’t necessary. Alexis was black, so of course he was an Obamunist.

      • aa aaa

        The odds without even investigating would make it a 96% probability that he supported the evil anti American Bobo.

  • MrUniteUs1

    The important point is that two men were friends. Some people are so crazed by racial and political tribalism, that they find it impossible to have friends of different skin tone or political parties. I suspect Greenfield is such a person.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Jumping to conclusions.

      It’s about ideology and culture, not skin tone or bogus racial theory. The problem is that many people have been duped in to organizing socially around “racial” or other bogus “social identities.”

    • ziggy zoggy

      Says the anti-White racist

    • truebearing

      The important point is that the two men were friends? Yeah, the killing of 12 innocent people is trivial. Talk about a stupid perspective.

    • Race_Dissident

      Ritrovato is not a role model, he is a fool. And he’s probably lucky to be alive.

  • ziggy zoggy

    The Columbine shooters, Jared Loughner, One goh, Seung Cho, James Holmes, Adam Lanza, Chris Dorner, Alexis Aaron, et al.

    What did they have in common besides being leftists?

    Leftists kill people they disagree with. And make no mistake: they are clinically insane.

  • thushjz

    Which explains why I have had leftists call me a bevy of foul, vile, degrading insults in debates w. them over the last 4 years…I’ve seen personally that leftists are definitely way more unhinged with violent tendencies than any tea bagger types (as they like to call us)

  • Varda Meyers Epstein

    To give the Devil his due, Zimmerman was also an Obama supporter. Just sayin’

    • CowboyUp

      To give reality its’ due, Zimmerman committed an act of self-defense, Alexis committed mass murder. Just sayin’.

      • Varda Meyers Epstein

        That’s exactly what I meant. Apparently, both sane and insane Obama supporters like guns.

        • Dork

          when can we let go of the “just sayin’” thing? It’s getting really goofy.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Yes. Zimmerman WAS an Obama supporter.

    • Mitch Cumsteen

      How would you compare Zimmerman, to this wacked-out thug?

      • Varda Meyers Epstein

        Again: both Obama supporters, both used guns. Both support Obama in theory but not in practice.

  • Morgan23

    He was a follower of a divisive President that stoked the flames of his perceived racial persecution. To Liberals, there is no right or wrong. Everything is relative. With the constant ravings of the Al Sharptons and the Obamas of the world who pit “us” against “them” Black against White, Rich against Poor, to divide us and to give each of us a jaded perspective of the other, why not just go out, get a gun, and kill as many of “them” as you can at the behest of the Great Divider and his racist friends. The voices he was hearing were the ravings of the liberal left telling him to extract his revenge on Whitey.

  • info warrior

    What evidence is there that this guy is a liberal, or a leftist?
    Seems he was a deranged Navy veteran with a gun fetish.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Read this article, you partisan moron.

    • aa aaa

      Silly baboon, he slipped through the cracks in the navy and SHOULD have gotten a BCD. Gun fetish….. buying his first gun at age 34????? you silly boy!

  • mewmew34

    Yeah, because no Republican has ever gone batshit and done something wrong. -_-

    • Mitch Cumsteen

      mewmew …….liberals are destroying democracy. do you fools pay attention to history?

      • mewmew34

        I pay attention to the fact that the Republicans refuse to participate properly in Democracy, and instead just make sure to filibuster everything they don’t like. They refuse to let the vote play out. If they know they won’t win, they’ll just make sure the other side can’t win, either. I pay attention to the fact that Republicans/Conservatives have no problems telling blatant lies in order to try and scare people to their way of thinking rather than letting the facts decide things. I pay attention to the fact that Republicans/Conservatives want to try and force everyone to live by their way of thinking. “Gays are wrong, we must never give gays equal rights because my personal religious beliefs say so.” “Abortion is wrong, it should never be legal under any circumstance because my personal religious beliefs say so.” As far as Republicans/Conservatives are concerned, nobody is allowed to have their own beliefs. Everyone has to think and be the same way or else.

  • Mitch Cumsteen

    HERE’S A SOLUTION TO THE SO-CALLED “GUN PROBLEM”:
    In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
    In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan.
    In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
    In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing 6 others.
    In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
    In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school.
    In 2013, an Obama supporter killed 13 in the Navy Yard in D.C.

    One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not.
    Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
    SOLUTION: It should simply be illegal for Democrats to own guns.

    • Sharon Smith

      All those shooters were men, too. Maybe we should make it illegal for men to own guns…

  • MrUniteUs1

    What do mass murderers have in common?
    They’re men. Why?

  • http://www.vega.com/ Vega The Voice

    Funny how what some guy said automatically is taken as fact, in order to smear liberals and Obama. The same stupid ass reasoning could come to the conclusion that since this guy, as well as many mass shooters, loved guns that means they are conservative rightwingers.

    Get a grip. The only people deranged here other than this guy are you folks desperate to smear people with your bullshit. These people are insane, not politically affiliated. No wonder the public is disgusted with the rightwing and your party and ideas are fading away like BetaMax.

  • aa aaa

    Look at the everyday murders in Chicago, Baltimore, DC, Detroit ETAL….. animals ALL and Bobo lovers. Seems leftist shouldn’t own guns. Matter of fact those that do own them illegally. Perhaps ghetto animals should have their trigger finger clipped at birth?