March 20, 2023

Bruce Willis merely saw dead people. Democrats see the Republicans who murdered them.

The latest manifestation of this supernatural power occurred in Colorado Springs, where an admitted heroin addict, arrested last year for threatening to bomb his own mother, murdered five strangers in a gay bar over the weekend. But, according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the blame falls not in Colorado Springs but in Washington, D.C. Republicans did this.

“After Trump elevated anti-immigrant & anti-Latino rhetoric, we had the deadliest anti-Latino shooting in modern history,” AOC tweeted. “After anti-Asian hate w/COVID, Atlanta. Tree of life. Emanuel AME. Buffalo. And now after an anti-LGBT+ campaign, Colorado Springs.  Connect the dots, @GOP.”

Whoever called Republicans the stupid party never tested AOC’s IQ.

Conspiracy theorists who talk a mile a minute about the Bilderbergers and WTC 7 and grassy knolls command others to “connect the dots.” Rational people operate on evidence.

Does anything beyond what kids do with a pencil support any of AOC’s dot-connecting?

In Uvalde, site of the “deadliest anti-Latino shooting in modern history,” locals remembered the shooter once walking around with a bag of dead cats (behavior typically observed at GOP conventions). His Wendy’s co-workers and participants on Yubo separately nicknamed him “school shooter.” A classmate says he picked fights and beat animals (an initiation rite of the Young Republicans).

Does AOC really believe Salvador Ramos drew from “anti-Latino rhetoric,” rather than his own demons, to murder those children and teachers?

In Buffalo, an insane, racist 18-year-old murdered 10 African Americans at a local grocery store. His strange behavior included wearing a full hazmat suit to school in response to COVID. He wrote a manifesto, and described himself as pro–gay rights, an atheist, and an environmentalist. The screed contains such statements as “There is no Green future with never ending population growth” and “If an ethnocentric European future is to be achieved global free markets and the trade of goods is to be discouraged at all costs.”

While his extremism uneasily fits in with either party, it seems far closer to AOC’s positions than to those of Kevin McCarthy or Ron DeSantis.

A reflexive blaming of ideological enemies for acts of great evil diagnoses an affliction far more sinister than politics on the brain. This tic reorients sympathy for the victims toward the political obsessions of politicians and journalists. It makes the murder of strangers about them. This is profoundly indecent. People who fall for it exhibit signs of delusional behavior. Professional journalists who recycle this worn template exhibit a disease less of the brain than of the soul.

Ironically, the tired narrative that the more reckless Democrats engaging in this ghoulishness advance posits that the killing stems from Republicans demonizing others. Psychologists call this projection. Laymen call it terribly convenient.

When James Hodgkinson, a volunteer for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, used Republican officeholders for target practice, guess whom the Left blamed?

“Somewhere in the 1990s,” Nancy Pelosi claimed, “Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons and that is the provenance of it and is what has continued.” She described the GOP as “sanctimonious” in the wake of the attempted slaughter on the baseball field. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas bizarrely tweeted, “Republicans are getting what they want.”

The entire motive for progressives, after Jared Lee Loughner, after James Holmes, after Lee Harvey Oswald even, falsely blaming conservatives for murder stems from a desire to demonize people who do not think as they do. That, more so than murder, strikes fanatics as the most cardinal sin.

The gods did not bestow the gift to see dead people’s murderers upon all Democrats.

Jared Polis, the openly gay governor of Colorado who apparently lacks the sixth sense others in his party possess, explained: “We don’t yet know the specifics of why, what the motive was.”

We? He speaks for himself. The governor does not know the whys or whats in Colorado Springs. But a Millennial in the Bronx has a bead on the situation.

She always does.