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HORIST: Stop politicizing psychopaths

HORIST: Stop politicizing psychopaths

The shooting at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California has triggered yet another round of totally offensive and inappropriate political accusations among Democrats and their press pals.  Their narrative is that President Trump is responsible for a rise of domestic terrorism.

It is a false and shameful narrative based on another long-standing false and shameful narrative advanced by the propagandized elements of news media.  They say that 19-year-old shooter was “encouraged,” “inspired,” and “given license” by Trump’s refusal to speak out against white supremacy, skinheads, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups.

In fact, Trump has spoken out against hate crimes of all sort on many occasions – specifically naming the neo-Nazis, KKK and white supremacist groups.  It is just that the anti-Trump media refuses to air his comments that do not comport to their biased political narrative.  That’s right.  They are willfully deceiving the public – with malice aforethought, as the expression goes – by censoring Trump’s condemnatory comments.

As far as the claim that Trump is the motivation of these attacks, it is noteworthy that none of the psychopathic murderers indicated that Trump provoked their heinous acts.  Insofar as they expressed political motivation or inspiration, it was usually the actions of other psychopaths.  The Poway shooter claimed the attack on the Mosque in New Zealand as his trigger point.  Others – including the man recently arrested, who planned a bombing at a white nationalist rally – were motivated by ties to ISIS.  Shooters, like those in Parkland, Florida and at Sandy Hook in New Town, Connecticut were social misfits with obvious mental illness.  Some psychiatrists believe that the notoriety shooters receive in the media motivates copy cats who seek infamous fame.

If Democrats and the left-wing media want to make a case about Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson for planning attacks on prominent Democrats and left-wing media personalities, they also need to look at James Hodgkinson, who shot and wounded Congressman Steve Scalise and others at a Republican practice session for the Congressional Baseball Game.  Was he motivated by Bernie Sanders or Nancy Pelosi?  Of course not.

Nowhere is this game of blaming Trump more evident than in the reporting – or more correctly, misreporting — on the events now known simply as “Charlottesville.”  The left-wing media has myopically dwelled on one statement by Trump – in which he declared that there were “good people on both sides.”

In making that statement, Trump was not referring to the neo-Nazis or the hate groups participating in the event.  He was talking about the many residents who wanted to show support for the maintaining of the Confederate statues – specifically, in this case, the Statue of General Robert E. Lee.  Good people can have differing views of the appropriateness of such a monument.

After all, Democrats counterpoint to Republican Lincoln Day dinners is Jackson Day dinners – a tribute to a racist and brutal slave owner, and a proud killer of Native Americans.   They honor Franklin Roosevelt, an avowed white supremacist, who sent Japanese Americans to concentration camps, and anti-Semite, who turned back a shipload of Jews seeking asylum from Adolph Hitler.   They named a United States Senate office building after racist Democrat Senator Richard Russell, of Georgia.

To maintain the false narrative, the anti-Trump media persists in erroneously attributing the President’s comment to those in the crowd who were engaging in racist and antisemitic chants – or that miscreant who drove his car into the crowd.  They then express outrage over their own mendacious interpretation of the comments.  They refuse to accept the President’s clarification of their misinterpretation.

What they do not report is Trump’s specifically condemning comments directed at the KKK and new-Nazis BY NAME – and specifically in conjunction with the activities at Charlottesville.  The elitist press has the videos of those statements – and his many other statements condemning hate groups – but like skilled propagandists, they simply refuse to air them.

In the aftermath of the Synagogue shooting in California, the left wing has gone off the rails in their attempts to link Trump directly to the shooting as a primary cause.  They claim that his rhetoric – which they do not report accurately – is the cause of a rise in white supremacy and the attendant violence.

They now focus on white supremacists as the primary cause of terrorism in the United States.  One panelist on MSNBC (of course) said we should ignore global terrorism and concentrate on the domestic terrorism of white supremacy because that is the primary problem in America.

Apparently, she is not familiar with San Bernardino, Fort Hood, the Pulse, the Boston Marathon and other acts of violent terrorism carried out by Muslim extremists.  She apparently is clueless about the shooter at Virginia Tech, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine and other places that were NOT motivated by politics or religion.

When it came to Islamic terrorism in American, the left often disconnected it from the international movement by saying they were “lone wolves.”  Suddenly, they see racists shooters as part of a culture that is self-radicalized online.  Whether a person joins a group, and goes off to be radicalized, or succumbs to a hate group’s recruitment from the bedroom of their family home is immaterial.

It is time that we stop to look for political blame in these heinous crimes and deal with ALL of them for what they are –acts of evil and sick individuals.  President Trump is no more to blame for the shooting in Poway than Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is responsible for the acts of Islamic extremist terrorism.

I do not believe for one moment that either of them condones terrorism.  We can have strong policy disagreements with either or both, but it is time we address terrorism and mass killings for what they are – the product of a malignant mind – and stop partisan politicization of terror.  We can probably deal with it better if we focus on the REAL causes.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. RedBull

    The other day somebody posted that this was an ‘ultra’ conservative site. I’ve been wondering why ‘ultra’ instead of just conservative. This story reviews a series of events and gathers them to make a point but it doesn’t suggest any new way to deal with it, any ‘ultra’ response. No, just begs the question of who is responsible.

    So I’m left to believe that inadvertently or not the writer was being insulting instead of engaging in conversation, making an honest point or searching for common ground – less even a solution.

    My point is that hate is everywhere, and the seeds of it are in the smallest details. When the media allows anyone to blame anyone for their evil actions then the media’s full force of persuasion is saying it is ok to do whatever you want as long as you can find someone to blame.

    I don’t see how it matters who inspired these people to do what they did, they did it because they believed it was right, that instead of having a conversation it was better to pull out a gun and end the conversation. They were angry at somebody and because the liberal world doesn’t compel people to be responsible for their actions, their feelings, their inability to work within the social systems that exist… it is ok to point a finger and pull out a gun.

    In our house conservatism meant being responsible, sticks and stones and all that. It seems to me that as long as we keep going down this road of allowing people to be upset for things that weren’t fostered to upset them then the door is opening wider and wider for these awful results.

    At first I found Trump’s bullish conversation style to be improper for his position. But the more I see him disregard the whole world of political correctness, one that promotes the idea of blaming anybody but yourself, the more I believe in him. He speaks his mind and takes the hits and continues the conversation. He doesn’t blame anybody else and this, dust settled, is the most admirable quality of all. He truly is a model citizen that I admire.

    So there ’tis.

    • Larry Horist

      I thought the first step in address the issue of mass killers is in the headline and in the closing comment. We need to stop politicizing them. I see every mass killer — regardless of motivation as an express of antisocial evil …. period. Of course, we need to address the root causes — religious zealotry, racism, low self-esteem, uncontrolled rage and even political mission. None of these people represent the causes which they claim. They are sick and evil outliers. By blaming political figures or organizations — other than those that opening promote and encourage these sickos — diverts attention from the root causes. If we simply use these tragedies to smear political figures or groups of people, we will never address the root causes. That is my point … and my recommendations is the first step toward solution. In saying that I did not have any new way to deal with these killers makes me wonder if you really read the commentary.

      • RedBull

        I think we’re saying the same thing from two different angles. You’re saying the media should stop putting their names in lights and I’m saying the media should stop playing blame games that make hate ok when your feelings are hurt. My comment was that you haven’t proposed a radical solution like burning their houses down but more you invite the readers to think about the effects of the media. Either way we’re both saying the media is encouraging this and they should stop.

  2. Ron C

    As long as it isn’t the Islamic Muslime’s doing the killing, it serves the socialist democrat’s to have innocent people murdered…it gives them ammunition to steal the right of self defense from law abiding citizen’s…which is always the goal of police state socialist’s! Then they can start stealing in earnest from the citizen’s without fear of repercussions…right?

  3. J Nat Prince

    I hope those dumbocrats don’t figure out the more they whine the more they are driving votes to TRUMP. Also, those media big dogs that painted such a bleak forecast for trump in 2016 are doing it again and will end up with egg on their faces again in 2020. The opposition is reactive, Trump is Proactive and that is what us American people want. BUILD THE WALL, if you do the opposition will fall !!

  4. sparky42

    shshsh Don’t tell them just let them sink themselves.