Courtesy of Think Progress:
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the latest presidential candidate trying to downplay the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in motivating the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs Friday afternoon. When a reporter asked him at an Iowa campaign stop Sunday evening about suspect Robert Lewis Dear saying he was motivated by “no more baby parts,” Cruz countered that he’s also been reported to be a “transgendered [sic] leftist activist.”
Cruz explained, “We know that he was a man registered to vote as a woman.” This discrepancy on Dear’s voter registration was first reported by The Gateway Pundit, a self-described “right-of-center news website,” under the claim that he “identifies as [a] woman.” Conservatives have sincerun with the claim that Dear is transgender.
Jim Hoft is the founder of The Gateway pundit and has been widely cited as the most stupid man on the internet. I took a look at his “about” page on his blog. Here is an example of his brilliance.
Jim Hoft was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013. Jim Hoft received the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016.
He’s a little bit like Bristol Palin and got ahead of himself. If Cruz is running with anything from that site he is even more stupid than I thought.
Carly Fiorina is also trying to distance herself from this act of terrorism. Courtesy of Mediaite:
Fiorina told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that the shooting was a “tragedy” and the gunman was clearly “deranged.”
On the charge that anti-abortion rhetoric contributed to the shooting, Fiorina said, “This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message.”
I seem to remember Fiorina falsely claiming the following…
And when challenged by Chuck Todd, she doubled down on her lies.
As Amy Davidson of The New Yorker asks:
What is her “message,” though? Do the Republican candidates think that nobody is listening to them? Are they even listening to themselves?
The Republicans need to man up and take responsibility for their incendiary rhetoric. They won’t of course.