Conservatives are jumping at the opportunity to get a little air-time in response to the mass shooting that has so far claimed five lives in Annapolis, Maryland. The attack happened Thursday morning at the Capital Gazette newspaper when an unnamed assailant shot through the glass door to the building and unloaded on staff members there. Multiple people were shot and killed, with many more still fighting for their lives at local hospitals.
What we haven’t heard much about is a call for the assassination of reporters that took place just days ago.
Conservative extremist Milo Yiannopoulos is known for his ridiculous shock-jock antics, but what he said a few days ago could have inspired an actual tragedy. Yiannopoulos said he “can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists” just days ago.
Then, just hours after the shooting in Maryland, Yiannopoulos today, he took to his Facebook account to ensure he didn’t get the blame for what he said:
“You’re about to see a raft of news stories claiming that I am responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists. The bodies are barely cold and left-wing journalists are already exploiting these deaths to score political points against me. It’s disgusting. I regret nothing I said, though of course like any normal person I am saddened to hear of needless death.
The truth, as always, is the opposite of what the media tells you. I sent a troll about “vigilante death squads” as a *private* response to a few hostile journalists who were asking me for comment, basically as a way of saying, “Fuck off.” They then published it. Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a “threat,” I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them — and to make it clear that I wasn’t being serious.
Headlines soon appeared claiming that I was “inciting” people to murder journalists. This is wholly false. The only people whipping up hysteria about killing reporters this week were Will Sommer at the Daily Beast and Davis Richardson at the New York Observer.
If there turns out to be any dimension to this crime related to my private, misreported remarks, the responsibility for that lies squarely and wholly with the Beast and the Observer for drumming up fake hysteria about a private joke, and with the verified liberals who pretended they thought I was serious.
It is a demonstrable fact that the Open Society Foundation and other wealthy left-wing organizations have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe it’s millions!) disrupting my talks, beating up my audiences and spreading malicious rumors about me. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this shooter — just like the last one at YouTube — is another demented left-winger. Let’s hope it’s another transgender shooter, too, so the casualties are minimal.
The Left celebrated the shooting of Scalise and regularly incites violence against Trump supporters. They are secretly delighted by the domestic terrorism of Antifa and they cheer on Maxine Waters when she threatens consequences for Trump administration staff going about their business in public.
I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicized it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo. If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didn’t.
P.S. — You guys should decide whether you think I’m “disgraced, irrelevant and over” or “so dangerous I inspire mass shootings.” I can’t be both.”
You’re about to see a raft of news stories claiming that I am responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists. The…
However, it is quite clear to many that rhetoric like that of Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos is far more damaging than they can ever imagine. Trump supporters in general are some of the most defective humans in existence, and history has shown time and again that they can be easily persuaded by people like these political talking heads.
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