Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, make shit up, blame left… h/t to @cpicciolini
Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings as “violence from the left.”
A document obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and sent by House Republicans provides a framework for how to respond to anticipated questions like

“Why won’t you pass legislation to close the ‘gun show loophole’ in federal law?”
and “Why shouldn’t we ban high-capacity magazines?"

The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions.
But it also included this question:

“Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?”

The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame.
“White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form," the doc said.

“We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter & Antifa."
.@RepGusBilirakis R-Palm Harbor, included the misleading and false talking points in a newsletter that he emailed this week to his Florida constituents. #whitepowerextremists #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism
His spokeswoman Summer Robertson said they were “provided by the House Republican Conference," the caucus arm in charge of devising messaging strategy for its members.

The conference’s internal strategies are not usually made public.
Robertson said that the inclusion of El Paso was a “mistake”.


It was supposed to say Dayton, the site of a second mass shooting 13 hours later where nine people died.
The El PASO shooter INTENTIONALLY TARGETED MEXICANS when he killed 22 people at a Walmart on the Texas-Mexico border on Aug. 3.
In a screed published just before the murders he expressed WHITE SUPREMACIST and ANTI-IMMIGRANT beliefs, using LANGUAGE that ECHOED @realDonaldTrump’s own words and characterizations of illegal immigration.
The Dayton Daily News reported that the shooter in Ohio had attended a protest of a #KuKluxKlan rally and other outlets have reported his political leanings aligned with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.… OjUttVmHRpmBGqHNRGXyoL/
The motivations of the Dayton killer’s killing spree, though, are less clear.

He reportedly was obsessed with violence and once made a list of girls he wanted to kill.
In the rampage, he fatally wounded his transgender brother, who was initially reported as his sister and who was not out to family, according to media outlets such as Splinter, BuzzFeed and the New York Post.
The GOP conference TALKING POINTS ascribed other shootings as leftist violence DESPITE AMBIGUOUS, if not CONTRADICTORY, EVIDENCE.
The shooter that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, was PARANOID about GOVERNMENT and obsessed with the Arizona Congresswoman, a law enforcement investigation found.
His political persuasions were mixed and did not appear to be a factor.

The teenaged May shooters at a Colorado high school we’re both bullied students & did not seem motivated by politics.
Republicans have faced mounting pressure from Democrats, victims of gun violence and cities shaken by these tragedies who are demanding Congress take action.
The GOP’s response to elevate incidents of “violence on the left" CLASHES with a WELL-DOCUMENTED RISE in HATE crimes and WHITE SUPREMACY on the far-RIGHT.
EXTREMIST-related MURDERS have SPIKED in the LAST YEAR, according to the Anti-Defamation League, & the vast majority — 73 % — are committed by RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS and WHITE SUPREMACISTS.

NOT a SINGLE EXTREMIST-related MURDER in the US last year was carried out by “the left."
Trump-nominated FBI Director Christopher Wray recently told Congress “a MAJORITY of the DOMESTIC TERRORISM cases we’ve investigated are MOTIVATED by some version of what you might call WHITE SUPREMACIST VIOLENCE."

cc:@RepGusBilirakis @Liz_Cheney
The office of @RepLizCheney, the Wyoming lawmaker who chairs the Republican conference, did not respond to a request for comment.
“We have sadly seen violence from ideological extremists on BOTH SIDES🤬 and that is completely unacceptable and must be condemned,” Robertson said.

No. No, we haven’t. Not this type of extreme violence. No.
“Congressman @RepGusBilirakis has always been clear that he denounces bigotry and hate speech, regardless of its source, including from white nationalists.”

How about calling out and CONDEMNING the #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism MR. BILIRAKIS? How ‘bout that?
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