Was the body count of five dead and two wounded on June 28 in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, too low to impress Donald Trump?
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Could it be that the request to lower flags at federal buildings was denied because it came originally from the city’s Democratic mayor and not a Republican?
Or was this just a further sign of how much Trump hates journalists that he declined the request to honor the victims of this mass murder as he had after shootings in Parkland, Florida and Sante Fe, Texas, among others?
Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement ordering Maryland flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis on June 28: pic.twitter.com/nmngvhmv5b
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 29, 2018
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan a Democrat, had ordered the state flags to be lowered to half-staff from last Friday through today.
Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley had hopes that having the federal government put flags at half-staff would help keep national attention on the tragedy.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed, you know? … Is there a cutoff for tragedy?” Buckley told The Baltimore Sun today.
“This was an attack on the press,” he added. “It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”
There is no record of exactly what Trump was thinking, but his frequent complaints about the press – which he has called “the enemy of the people – indicate a deep disregard for journalists and the work they do under the umbrella of the First Amendment.
Surprisingly, after Trump refused, Buckley changed his mind about putting the flags at half-staff in his city either, on the advice of his wife.
“At this point in time, it would start to polarize people and I don’t want to make people angry,” he said.
The newspaper, in a gesture to show that the murderer will not stop them from doing their duty, has continued to publish the paper from the headquarters f its parent, the Baltimore Sun.
In a letter published in yesterday’s edition, the staff thanks everyone who offered them support and condolences.
However, the letter also made some pointed remarks about Trump.
Although it is not clear that the gunman, Jarrod Ramos, a 38-year-old Maryland resident who was angry over a 2012 article about him (and his failed defamation suit against the publication), he has been linked to the alt-right.
Accused Capital Gazette mass murderer has extensive ties to the alt-right.
I’ve been saying this for FOUR YEARS. The alt-right is radicalizing young white men in the politics of angry resentment. All too often, it ends up in violence. https://t.co/YwjTmyggAK
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 1, 2018
In any case, the Capital Gazette journalists were not forgetting about the poisoned atmosphere Trump’s remarks have created.
The surviving staff wrote yesterday that they “won’t forget being called an enemy of the people.”
“No, we won’t forget that,” they continued, “because exposing evil, shining a light on wongs and fighting injustice is what we do”
It certainly is not what Trump does or want to be done.
So as this murderous incident fade in memory, when Trump inevitably resumes his petty, inaccurate, outrageous attacks on the right of journalists to do their job, remember the Capital Gazette.