On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was holding a constituent meeting called “Congress on Your Corner” at the Safeway supermarket in La Toscana Village mall in Tucson. Giffords had set up a table outside the store with approximately 30 people gathered around her when Jared Lee Loughner drew a pistol and shot Giffords in the head. The shooting was caught on video by a store security camera. The shooter then turned his pistol on the rest of the crowd and began shooting at random.
Five people died at the scene, including Chief Judge John Roll and Giffords’ community outreach director Gabe Zimmerman. Most of the injured were taken to University Medical Center in Tucson. Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
As this horrible tragedy unfolded, the Left went right to work, as they always do as a matter of Bloomberg’s orders, in attempting to both blame the terrible “Right-wingers” and call for legal gun-owners to be thrown in prison…or just lose their rights to the 2nd Amendment. And, as is usually the case, Right-wingers had nothing to do with this shooting. In fact, Loughner was apparently fixated on Giffords for a long while and claimed to have hated ALL politicians, Left and Right.
So, there went that narrative. But fear not! That was not going to alter the agenda to get rid of guns and blame Right-wingers for violence one iota. In fact, they were going to double down on that line of thinking and blame…oh, I dunno know…Sarah Palin! Yeah, that’s the ticket! Sarah Palin.
In the wake of the shooting, Democrats and Republicans both called for a cooling of political rhetoric and a return to bipartisanship. On the eve of the shooting, Giffords had written to a Republican friend, Trey Grayson, Secretary of State of Kentucky, saying, “we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.” In March 2010, Giffords had expressed concern about the use of crosshairs on a national midterm election map on Sarah Palin’s campaign webpage denoting targeted congressional seats, including Giffords’s, in Arizona’s 8th district. Shortly after the map’s posting and the subsequent vandalizing of her office that month, Giffords said, “We’re in Sarah Palin’s ‘targeted’ list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize that there are consequences to that action.”
At that point in the interview, however, the interviewer said, “campaign rhetoric and war rhetoric have been interchangeable for years.” The image was removed from Palin’s “takebackthe20” website following the January shootings. Palin responded to her critics in a January 12 video, rejecting the notion that anyone other than the gunman could bear any responsibility for the Tucson shooting, and accusing the press of manufacturing a “blood libel” to blame her and the right wing for the attacks.
While no clear link was ever established or proven between Palin and the shooter, the Left and, in particular, the New York Times, persisted in propagating the lie that there was a proven connection.
On Tuesday evening, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hired Hulk Hogan’s lawyers and sued the New York Times for defamation for falsely accusing her in a June 14 editorial of inciting Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). The Times’ editorial was published on the day that James Hodgkinson shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) while he was practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game with his GOP teammates.
“Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a ‘sickeningly familiar pattern’ of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, a tragedy where the gunman seriously wounded numerous people and killed 6, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl,” Palin’s lawyers—Ken Turkel, Shane Vogt, and S. Preston Ricardo—said in a statement.
The complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court in the Southern District of New York, states that “at the time of publication, The Times knew and had published pieces acknowledging that there was no connection between Mrs. Palin and Loughner’s 2011 shooting.”
“In doing so, The Times violated the law and its own policies,” it reads.
This is not a new development. You must remember that the NYT has been at the forefront of the witch hunt against Sarah Palin since the day that she was announced as McCain’s running mate. In fact, it could be argued that she was potentially Public Enemy #1 over at the NYT even before she was chosen as the running mate. The reasons why they absolutely detest Sarah Palin have nothing to do with her person, but entirely with her politics. But also remember that they hated her before she was even on their radar. Why? A woman Conservative. That is a fake news faux pas. You cannot be a woman AND espouse the ideals of Conservative. You are an enemy of the state if you do and they WILL crucify you for those beliefs. Leftism is about groups. It is about identity politics. If you don’t fit the narrative…the mold set up and perpetuated by the Progressive media…then you are the enemy. And the enemy cannot be tolerated in any way, shape, or form.
So where did this all originate? Where did the notion that Sarah Palin (and all other Right-wingers) was responsible for the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Well, I’m glad you asked, because we have a very special surprise for you. The very man who is presently investigating all manner of charges against President Trump, on orders from the Leftist Deep State of the intelligence community (nestled snugly within the Swamp of D.C.) is Special Counsel Robert Mueller, BFF of former-Director of the FBI James Comey, appointed to his post by President George W. Bush on September 4th, 2001, just days before 9/11, and Leftist dreamboat (right behind John Edwards).
In an interview with the New York Times, exactly ONE DAY AFTER the Giffords attack, he went on record to blame extremist groups advocating “hate speech.”
Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director, who has taken charge of the investigation here, said at a news conference that possible links to extremist groups would be a continued focus.
“The ubiquitous nature of the Internet means that not only threats but also hate speech and other inciteful speech is much more readily available to individuals than quite clearly it was 8 or 10 or 15 years ago,” Mr. Mueller said. “That absolutely presents a challenge for us, particularly when it results in what would be lone wolves or lone offenders undertaking attacks.”
The words echoed comments by Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, who said Saturday at a news conference that “unbalanced people” could be affected by the vitriol, anger and hatred of antigovernment rhetoric.
Dupnik is now credited with feeding the whole frenzy of the narrative that insane Right-wingers were responsible for this shooting, even AFTER it was discovered that Loughner was unhinged and mentally unstable and hated ALL politicians on both sides of the political spectrum.
For those of you who are shaking your heads in anger, remember this interview with the Times the next time you hear Mueller finding that Trump’s administration was in “some part” responsible for the “collusion” between “unknown actors in the Russian Federation” and, therefore, they will be bringing charges against [name a hapless fall-guy or girl in the Trump hierarchy] and then silently and neatly close the entire investigation with, “While it is unclear whether or not there were other players in this endeavor to thwart the American democratic free and fair elections, we must conclude that [hapless fall-guy or girl] was primarily responsible for some sort of clandestine cloak-and-dagger fly-by-night activity that may possibly have been illegal.”
“Oh, and by the way, Trummp is….”
“I’m sorry, what?”[Clears throat] “Trummp is….”
“Trump is [growling and gritting teeth] innocent.”
That’s what I thought.