May 24, 2022

House Republicans were just busted sharing appalling talking points to excuse right-wing terrorism

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The House Republican Conference just got caught supplying talking points to its members of Congress that deny white nationalism and falsely blame the El Paso hate crime on “violence from the left.”

It’s a disgusting turn of events from the House Republicans, but not unexpected since their lie-filled conference website falsely claims they’re into “protecting all human life” which plainly excludes living people and only applies to fetuses.

But nobody would’ve known if it weren’t for a Florida man in Congress spilling the beans after his local newspaper called him out for the lie.

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Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) shared the GOP talking points in a newsletter, but when the Tampa Bay Times came looking for answers, his spokeswoman quickly threw party leadership under the bus. Then, the Times exposed the House GOP’s script of lies:

But it also included this question: “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame.

“White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form,” the document said. “We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter and Antifa.”

None of the House GOP’s opposite-day mendacity should come as a surprise since the Conference is led by none other than Darth Cheney’s daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has managed to distinguish herself as a radical in a caucus full of dead-eyed, hateful psychopaths.

Shockingly, Cheney wouldn’t comment about her disgusting disinformation strategy.

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Not only is it outrageous for Republicans to blame the El Paso mass murder at a Walmart on “the left,” a study of the shooter’s racist manifesto showed that it was little more than a mashup of Donald Trump and evening programming from Fox News’ lineup of racist white nationalists.

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Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by a schizophrenic man in Arizona, who a law enforcement investigation showed did not possess a documented political position for his crime.

Republican references to Colorado appear to discuss two high-school students who felt bullied and proceeded to use guns to murder one classmate and shoot nine others.

There has been very little actual violence from the people who counter-protest hate groups in the decentralized opposition to Republican fascism known as
“antifa” (short for anti-fascists) more substantial than a few punches and some thrown milkshakes, but that hasn’t stopped the right from prying to paint them as the Taliban.

None of those incidents represent ‘violence from the left’ anywhere near the same level that white supremacists and domestic terror attacks by racist right-wing maniacs are threatening America’s national security.

According to the Times, “not a single extremist-related murder in the United States last year was carried out by ‘the left.'”

On the other hand, the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism says that nearly three-quarters of extremist murders in America are by right-wing terrorists, including white supremacists.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray—a Trump appointee—told Congress last month that most of the agency’s terrorism arrests are white supremacists.

But Wray’s warning didn’t mesh with the House GOP’s cult of NRA-drafted ideology, so they had to instruct their minions to run out and spread lies instead.

How shameless is the House Republican Conference that not a single member objected to its “leadership” openly prevaricating with easily debunked falsities?

The answer is that GOP legislators have no shame at all, nor do they have even a tenuous grip on reality in America, and their blind representation of House Republican leadership is a complete betrayal of their district constituents.

Grant Stern

Editor at Large

is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also a mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition, and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.

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