Whenever a major event with stark political implications takes place, people of all stripes can’t help but use such events as springboards to advance their own agendas. This phenomena has been particularly true with the Boston Marathon bombings, and the ensuing manhunt for the suspects. Immediately, there was rampant speculation about who or what group was behind the attacks, as well as some kooky reasons about why such a tragedy took place, most of which was from the right side of the political aisle.
So here it is, the top 8 most shameful right-wing reactions to the tragedy in Boston:
1. Nate Bell pushes his pro-gun political agenda – Nate Bell (R-AR), a state Rep. with a very pro-gun legislative record, shamelessly tweeted a liberal-taunting message aimed at Bostonians during the manhunt for the younger of the two brothers responsible for the bombing.
2. Erik Rush goes Islamophobic – Soon after the news broke of the bombings, Fox News contributor Erik Rush immediately sent out an Islamophobic post on Twitter. After he was called on his presumptuous tweet, he replied that Muslims are “evil” and that we should “kill them all.” He subsequently claimed that he was being “sarcastic,” but continued being combative, calling those who disagreed with him “Islamist apologist worms.”
3. The New York Post Fails – The Murdoch-owned, conservative-leaning New York Post published an article indicating that a Saudi national was in custody. Then their April 18th edition ran a picture of two men on the cover, saying they were being sought by law enforcement. The problem was, the two men they featured were NOT considered suspects by authorities, further solidifying the notion that the New York Post is better suited for under a cat litter box than to read.
4. The latest crackpot Alex Jones conspiracy theory – Raving lunatic radio host Alex Jones called the bombings a “false flag” operation, insinuating that the government was behind it. According to Jones, the FBI has been behind “virtually every domestic terror plot” in history. We think that Alex Jones, and whoever believes the garbage that comes out of his mouth, needs to up their meds.
5. Glenn Beck conspiracy theories and threat! – Not to be outdone by Alex Jones, Beck believes that a Saudi national who was questioned soon after the bombing is the same Saudi national who is reportedly facing deportation due to an expired visa. Beck believe that the “expired visa” bit is a ruse, and that the Obama administration is deporting the Saudi national because of his supposed role in the bombings, done at the administration’s behest. Beck further threatened to expose the Obama administration if they did not come clean on their role in the bombing by Monday, April 22nd.
6. Westboro Baptist Church tweets – You knew it was coming. Westboro Baptist Church fired off a series of tweets immediately after the bombings, blaming Obama, homosexuals (what else?), and abortion for the tragedy. They also stated their intent to picket the funerals of those who perished in the bombings. If we were them, we don’t think we’d be messing with Boston…
7. Larry Pratt’s statement that Liberals are “pleased” with the bombings – Pratt, who is the executive director of the far-right Gun Owners of America group, claimed on the Stan Solomon Show that liberals are happy about the event because it gives them cause to expand government control.
This is mission oriented, they don’t care who the victims are. If anything it might be to their liking because maybe they’re thinking that will make the liberals all the more prone to want more control, which plays right into the hands of terrorists and criminals, but then I repeat myself.
8. Despicable Stacey Campfield jokes about pressure cookers on his blog – Campfield is well-known in the political arena for his anti-gay stance and his ridiculous statements about AIDS, as well as for wanting to pass a bill tying welfare to the grades that kids from poor families make in school. This time, in a blog article titled “Here comes Feinstein again,” he posted a picture of a pressure cooker (used in the bombings) along with the different parts of the pressure cooker labeled as weapons. Asked about whether it might be insensitive to post something like that, Campfield insisted that “people need to lighten up” and said:
It’s insensitive that people go after guns and second amendment rights after the Sandy Hook shooting.
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