Kellyanne Conway Blames the Left for Politicizing Tragedy of Texas Church Massacre
The most predictable cable news debate is the “too soon” vs. “now is the time” to discuss gun regulations in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting, and today’s episode of Fox & Friends was no exception. Yesterday, an individual armed with an AK-15 entered a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 individuals and gravely injuring dozens more.
In an interview with White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, Fox & Friends opened by citing a Tweet from the
highly regarded progressive thought leader Los Angeles based television personality Chelsea Handler who wrote, “Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.”
Ms. Conway replied to that Tweet in the exact manner that would please Fox & Friends viewers:
I won’t even dignify it I’m sorry that we even have to show her Twitter comments because it’s so beyond any type of reasonable response that anyone should have. Why people see politics immediately. It’s just like I said in Las Vegas over a month ago. You had families literally still looking for their loved ones through the rubble in remains in Las Vegas, running from hospital to hospital.
There were people who were were injured who then went on to pass away . And yet people are taking to Twitter in the comfort of their very luxurious lives pointing fingers. As far as can I tell, never really help in between the tweet storms. Never really help charities. Never help people to heal. Never try to reach across for understanding.
What Conway seems to be saying is that it’s really awful for these “people” (aka her political foes) go to a political position so early after such a tragedy, but (while I have you), these same people never really help with charities, help people heal or “never try to reach across for understanding.”
In other words, do as I say, not as I do.
Conway then finished this portion of the interview by expressing how happy she is “President Trump is our commander-in-chief and our leader in this nation because, unfortunately, every president has to help heal the nations at different times, different tragedies.”
Lest we forget that, in the hours immediately following the deadly terror attack in lower Manhattan last week, President Donald Trump immediately took to Twitter and ostensibly laid the blame for the attack at the feet of Schumer, denouncing the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”
As I have written before, these these sorts of tragedies happen, there absolutely should be a healthy debate about which policies that we can consider and eventually institute that helps us lessen the frequencies of these things happening again. We do not live in a perfect world, and yes, evil people exist in the world and will forever continue to do bad things.
But if political and media leaders on the right were so quick to use a local terror attack to exact immigration reform designed to make us all safer, then they cannot possibly claim that we cannot have a discussion on improved gun regulations also designed to keep us safe on the day after a mass shooting.
This White House (and Ms. Conway) cannot have it both ways. And shame on Fox & Friends producers for amplifying the ill-informed words of Ms. Handler. She’s a comedian (and not a very funny one at that) and she speaks only for herself, not “these people.”
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