The founder of the so-called “alt-lite” movement, an offshoot of the alt-right, are celebrating Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s massacre because it took the focus off of the right in the wake of Charlottesville.
“I have something horrible to say,” Gavin McInnes, the Vice co-founder and alt-lite provocateur said on his Get Off My Lawn vlog in the wake of the Vegas attacks.
“I thought, yesterday, ‘Oh, good!’” McInnes explained. “Sorry, I know it’s a horrible word to use in such a catastrophe. But I thought, ‘The narrative may have switched now. Right-wingers are no longer the murderers of Heather Heyer. Now we’re the victims of Stephen Paddock.'”
According to The New Republic‘s Bob Moser, McInnes is promoting a narrative of “white victimology” to shift the conversation.
To McInnes, “the moral of the story” is that various right-wingers (like those who displayed their bigotry in Charlottesville) are now the ones under attack.
“After Charlottesville—despite disavowing it—I got the vibe that everyone on the right wing is seen in liberal towns as a Heather Heyer murderer,” McInnes said. “And because the left is so dehumanizing, it left us vulnerable to violence.”
Read Moser’s entire profile on this narrative-shifting via the New Republic.