Newell: Rush to call shooter a white supremacist "drove me crazy"

Media, Dems rush to politicize El Paso tragedy instead of just waiting for the facts

Newell Normand
August 05, 2019 - 5:15 pm

The country mourns two tragic events over the weekend. In El Paso, 22 dead and many more injured. In Dayton, 9 killed, 27 injured. In Chicago, 7 killed, 46 wounded. Baltimore had their 200th murder over the weekend.

As we deal with this culture of violence, as we deal with the lack of respect for another, lack of respect for life - and as we try to figure out what to call it, I suggest at the very least we call it "lawlessness." A lack of care, a lack of understanding, a lack of desire to do the right thing. What one is motivated by at the end of the day, in some respects - does it really matter?

One of the things that really drove me crazy this weekend when talking about El Paso, was how within moments, people are trying to characterize it as motivated by white nationalism or white supremacy without simply waiting and letting the investigation move in a very ordered and deliberate way. Families still not knowing if their loved one was caught up in the carnage or not, still not reconnecting with their families - and we're off and running on daytime television trying to decide what motivated the killer.

When we talk about a lack of compassion and concern for those caught up in the dastardly, devilish conduct of an individual, if we can't see that for the political motivations that are presented and reveal themselves so quickly, followed by all day yesterday, calling out of the President for not responding quick enough or not  denouncing white nationalism or white supremacy - crickets as it relates to Dayton, because of some of the information that's come out in that respect, and that there was no political advantage that could be extrapolated from Dayton - is sickening.

And we wonder why we cannot get anything done, and why we have the divisiveness we have in this country today.

One might consider, if we're going to play the blame game - one might consider that Congressional inaction, the inability to reach consensus among your peers is as much of a contributor to the heat or energy that surrounds these issues. Its not surprising to me that those members consistently and constantly look for a scapegoat. In fact, some are saying that the Presidents' words today are lacking because he 'fans the flames of fanaticism' and that there was not an examination of his own words, and that without that examination, they don't trust anything that will come out of this administration. Really? There have been mass shootings going back decades where each party has been in control of not only the White House but of Congress, but you didn't see any meaningful legislation come out of those bodies at those times. 

All of a sudden, it takes on a heightened sense of import today because we're involved in a Presidential campaign. To see the comments of Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and others who have come out with such strong language, at the risk of doing everything that they tell you not to do when talking about a terrorist (and I'll say it, a white supremacist terrorist just to make everybody happy)... instead of taking a breath and waiting, they pounded on this issue. And as it relates to El Paso, the real interesting thing is, and the very disappointing issue is - the perpetrator is alive, and there's so much more to be revealed about this individual and his motivations, and there's more yet to come.

But no, we have to pre-judge, we have to characterize, we have to frame the intentions of this individual right now, right then, because... why?

I can see for no other reason than to politicize it, and that they did very well.  

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