The Republican Party and its propaganda machine are cranking out misinformation and obfuscations at a breakneck pace in the wake of this past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
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Worried that they might be forced to actually finally take legislative action against gun violence — alienating the NRA and their firearm fetishist donors in the process — the GOP is trying to blame these atrocities on everything from mental illness and video games.
In reality, the problem is far simpler: bloodthirsty disaffected young men, often in the service of white supremacist ideology, have easily accessible weapons of war at their disposal and are using them to perpetrate nihilistic bloodbaths on innocent Americans.
Now, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, that most sycophantic and hypocritical lackey of our psychopathic president, has trotted out her own distraction technique by bringing up gun deaths in Chicago. Time and time again we see Republicans point to urban violence in a whataboutist fashion as if Americans can’t be outraged about mass shootings and more common (but no less tragic) forms of gun violence. Both problems could be addressed with more reasonable gun regulations, which the GOP bears sole responsibility for blocking.
As some Twitter users were quick to point out, gun violence in Chicago is not something Ivanka regularly tweets about. She clearly brought it up today in an effort to draw attention away from this weekend’s mass shootings and the obvious culpability her father bears for stirring up racial division and failing to take any action to prevent mass shootings.
Ivanka’s faux concern is an insult to not only the victims and their families, but to all Americans who are forced to live in a country in which the specter of gun violence is constantly hovering over our heads. Children are being brought up in a world where they can’t even feel safe at school with their friends. If she actually cares about these senseless killings she’d be better off knocking on the Oval Office door than tweeting out banal observations.
As we grieve over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, let us not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 6, 2019
With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 6, 2019
How many times have you ever tweeted about gun violence in Chicago?
You’re just trying to distract ppl from the fact you hate mongering father instigated this latest mass shooting (just like the other ones)
— Patrick Karlson (@PatrickAKarlson) August 6, 2019
whats wrong with u
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 6, 2019
As we grieve over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, let us not overlook that your dad is a white supremacist whose bigotry and violent rhetoric, combined with Republican inaction on gun control, fuels this violence.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) August 6, 2019
Also lets not forget that without the shooters spouting your fathers own words, you would have ignored these statistics from Chicago. We can see what you are doing – trying to shift focus form the culpability of your father.
— Timothy Collins (@wookietim) August 6, 2019
Let is continue to overlook the fact that Indiana, with the least restrictive gun laws in America, is 15 minutes from Chicago.
The guns in Chicago come from Indiana.
This is why we need national gun regulation.
— Vince (pull no punches) Pesce (@d1Vinman) August 6, 2019
— Okkie Tenggala (@okkie48) August 6, 2019
We haven’t overlooked Chicago’s weekend gun deaths. We know about them. That’s why we’re demanding the Senate come back and pass gun reform legislation. And don’t think we didn’t notice both your pandering and simultaneous dog-whistle, @IvankaTrump. A subtle one, you are.
— Gideon Neptune (@GideonNeptune) August 6, 2019
You can’t be fucking serious.
How low can the Trumps go?
— lisastark35 (@lisastark351) August 6, 2019
Tone deaf and "dumb as a brick" is no way to go through life, son.
— Paul Lee Ticks (@PaulLeeTicks) August 6, 2019
YOU IVANKA ARE EVIL
— SAVE THE CHILDREN (@Marlene02374846) August 6, 2019