10 Despicable Attacks Blaming President Trump for the Annapolis Capital Gazette Shooting
So, it happened again. As tragedy struck, before the shooter's motive was known, Americans were already attacking one another, assuming the worst. Naturally, Trump was attacked as "full Hitler" -- because it was Thursday.
On Thursday, a middle-aged white man with a grudge targeted the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. He killed five people and injured two others. Before his motives became known, both liberals and conservatives assumed a political motive. Many liberals went so far as to directly blame President Donald Trump for the shooting.
Most attacked President Trump's tweet from February of last year decrying "the FAKE NEWS media" as "not my enemy" but "the enemy of the American People!" This tweet directly named five mainstream media outlets, many of which received multiple "Fake News Awards" at the beginning of this year.
Anti-Trump hysteria has driven some to compare this attack to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's infamous death sentence. When Stalin called someone an "enemy of the people," his goons would go forth and kill that person, or send him or her to Siberia. For Trump, it is always just rhetoric.
Trump has occasionally egged on his supporters to violence in rallies, and that is unacceptable. It is utterly absurd to blame the president for the Annapolis shooting, however.
Before listing the worst liberal attacks — and yes, I am getting there, don't worry — I have to mention alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos' rightly infamous text wishing death upon journalists. "I can't wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight," Yiannopoulos wrote.
Whatever you think of Yiannopoulos, this text is disgusting and has no place in civil discourse. It is unclear just how broadly Yiannopoulos intended his words to go — it was a text message, so perhaps he did not intend anyone but the direct recipient to see it. Even so, this was despicable. Similarly absurd was Sean Hannity's decision to blame Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — who deserves condemnation for urging harassment on Trump staffers — for the Annapolis shooting.
But without further ado, here are the ten worst attacks on Trump for Annapolis.
1. "Full Hitler."
This account does not have a name, but it does have 26,000 followers. "Take Ivanka to Work" tweeted, "Annapolis is what happens when the Donald Trump goes full Hitler and demonizes the free press. It was only a matter of time. This blood is on his hands."