There are more than a few Democrats willing to line up in order to ascribe blame to Donald Trump for the mass shootings that happened last weekend. Former DNC head Donna Brazile isn’t one of them.
In an interview on Fox News Radio on Friday, Brazile — a political strategist who managed the DNC during the latter part of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run and had previously acted as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000 — said the president “should not be blamed for … these individual killers” and decried the conversation about whether or not the president was a racist.
Brazile’s comments came after she was asked about a string of Democrat presidential candidates who had declared President Trump a “white supremacist” in the wake of the El Paso, Texas massacre. In that shooting, the alleged killer posted a racist manifesto to social media before killing 22 people at a Walmart.
“Biden was specifically asked to call or was pressed basically to call President Trump a white supremacist,” host Guy Benson said.
“He declined to do so. He said I’m not going to go there you’re trying to pull that particular sound bite out of me. I’m not going to give it to you. Kamala Harris sort of dodged that same question, other people like Elizabeth Warren saying, ‘absolutely yes. Donald Trump is a white supremacist.’ What’s your take on that question and how Democratic candidates are responding to it?”
“This conversation about race and racism, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, white nationalism, it is that I am profoundly saddened as an American,” Brazile said.
“The reason why is to point fingers and the plate is so-called blame game. President Trump had nothing to do with the maniac, and I’m being gracious here, the maniac who shot up a Walmart store. He had nothing to do with the person who shot up, you know, the bar in Dayton.
“This is unbecoming of a country. The president of United States, you know, should not be blamed for, you know, these individual killers.”
Brazile went on to say that “what we have to hold each other responsible for is our tone. We all have to set a tone.”
“We need to set a tone for our kids for our future for the values that we share as Americans. And, you know, we like these gotcha questions. Hey, are you a racist or you — I don’t like that,” Brazile said.
“I’m black, yes I’m black. That’s who I am, but that’s not everything. You don’t know anything else about me other than the color of my skin. That’s not how we should do it.”
Brazile, of course, isn’t in or running for office, which means that she can tell the obvious truth: President Trump bears no responsibility for the racist degenerate responsible for the El Paso shooting, nor is he a “white supremacist.”
The reason we’re having this “conversation” — which always seems to take the form of a lecture in which conservatives are told exactly how perfidious they are — is because political hay can be made by smearing the president and his allies as racists who encourage violence.
Listen to Beto O’Rourke during one of his many, many attempts to put responsibility for this shooting directly at the feet of the president:
#BREAKING I just asked @BetoORourke if @realDonaldTrump is at all responsible for today’s mass shooting in #ElPaso He said yes and added that in his opinion, the President is indeed a racist. @abc7breaking @ABC pic.twitter.com/wA3iB3uLFN
— Michael Gordon KVIA ABC-7 (@MichaelGordonTV) August 4, 2019
“We’ve had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years,” O’Rourke told reporters for KVIA-TV, “during an administration in which you’ve had a president who’s called Mexicans rapists and criminals, though Mexican immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than those who are born here in the country.
“He has tried to make us afraid of them to some real effect and consequence. Attempting to ban all Muslims from this country. The day that he signed that executive order, the mosque in Victoria, Texas, was burned to the ground.”
Never mind that most of that is exaggerated or misleading. It’s also feverish, opportunist rhetoric that does nothing to help heal America. What it does is help raise Beto’s profile and gets him in front of some cameras so he can tell America just how dangerous this president is at a time when the nation is hurting. Beto — and plenty of others — want to take advantage of that hurt.
This isn’t just “unbecoming of a country,” as Brazile put it, it’s unbecoming of our political class. We deserve better than this.
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