In the aftermath of Saturday’s tragedy, the most wanted commodity in the political world seems to be a shred of recognizable political identity to attach to shooter Jared Loughner, and so far no major ideology– neither left nor right– has sufficed. The latest group to be dismissed as an influence in Loughner’s heinous acts is the previously accused group “American Renaissance,” described by the Department of Homeland Security as an “anti-semetic” group.
Fox News had linked the group to Loughner citing “a law enforcement memo based on information provided by the DHS,” which apparently expressed suspicion that the group was somehow involved. The group’s leader, Jared Taylor, called the accusation “complete nonsense,” as well as the classification of the group as “anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government) and anti-semetic.” Earlier today, Fox News’ James Rosen confirmed that, no, Loughner isn’t tied to this radical yet somewhat familiar type of ideology, either.
In a segment on the “political fingerpointing” in light of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, Megyn Kelly and Rosen reported on the various responses from both liberals and conservatives, particularly fixating on the attacks on partisan rhetoric by the New York Times‘s Paul Krugman, which mostly referenced right-wing talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, despite, as Rosen explains, Loughner’s political beliefs being a complete mystery, other than his interest in “the gold standard and grammar.” Add the American Renaissance movement to the list of political factions that didn’t influence Loughner, either, and it’s back to the drawing board for those trying to understand what motivated this heinous crime.
The report via Fox News below:
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