On Saturday, a lone mentally ill shooter, not from New York City and not part of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest movement, executed two NYPD police officers, before killing himself. In June of this year, a couple who had spent time on Clive Bundy’s ranch executed two Las Vegas police officers, wrapped their bodies in Don’t Tread on Me flags, and then shot themselves. Republicans, right wing media and police officials are blaming the NYPD murders on BLM. But why didn’t they blame the murders of the Las Vegas officers on the Tea Party movement?
Obviously, the way to honor the two police officers murdered on Saturday is by exploiting their tragic murder for political purposes in a way that actually defies logic. To do this, simply blame the actions of a single lone shooter with a history of mental illness and suicide attempts on a non-violent protest movement which outrageously demands that police not kill people for the crime of being Black. Also claim that Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama are to blame but don’t bother pretending that there is any evidence for that claim because you won’t find it. But if you’re Ray Kelly, Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Lynch, George Pataki or Fox News, that’s no big deal anyway.
When Jerad and Amanda Miller shot Las Vegas police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo execution style as the two men ate pizza, the Millers said the killing was the start of the revolution and they wrapped the bodies of their victims in the “Don’t tread on me,” flag that has come to symbolize the Tea Party Movement. The couple also Facebook-liked Operation American Spring, Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Rifle Association, The Heritage Foundation, Rand Paul 2016, Three Percenter Nation, Ron Paul, and Drudge Report. In the case of last week’s horrendous NYC police killings (1) the killer wasn’t from New York or part of the BLM movement, (2) the killer also attempted to kill his girlfriend, who was not a police officer, (3) Barack Obama, Bill de Blasio, the family of Michael Brown and the family of Eric Garner condemned the murders of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. So, where were the officials tracing back this ideological murder to these organizations and sites? Surely Giuliani, Lynch, Pataki and Fox News would have to agree that the alleged causal connection between deBlasio, Obama, Holder, BLM and the NYPD deaths pales in comparison to The Tea Party movement and the Las Vegas deaths. This is especially true given that the organizers of BLM are explicitly non-violent while many of the organizations involved with the Tea Party and much of the Tea Party movement embraces violence.