Earlier I listened to Nik Cruz’s attorney and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Hear me out.
Cruz was radicalized by alt-right, MAGA, white supremacists. He went on to carry out a heinous act of domestic terrorism.
But this didn’t happen overnight. 1/
NOWHERE TO BELONG. 2/
Teachers say he was quiet in class, unremarkable. Acted out previously.
Classmates say he was anti-social, awkward with girls. Seemed sad, aloof. Didn’t fit in.
NOWHERE TO BELONG. 3/
He went to the outer fringes of the internet; where the most obscure, misunderstood, marginalized young men in our society go, and hear what they’ve been longing for:
YOU BELONG HERE. 4/
YOU BELONG HERE. 5/
Nik went where some of these kids—primarily boys—go to find friends. They bonded over their shared miserable obscurity.
Enter: Donald Trump.
Closeted racists, white supremacists, sexual abusers, liars, cheaters—the scourge of society—saw their guy rise to power.
YOU BELONG HERE.
IT’S YOUR TIME.
I’M ONE OF YOU.
GET WHAT’S YOURS.
VERY FINE PEOPLE.
They heard it from the most powerful man in the world:
YOU BELONG HERE.
But all are men—young and old—who didn’t belong.
All subtly cried out for help. All wanted attention.
A kid with nothing to lose made one last attempt to be seen and heard.
He didn’t expect to live through this. He expected to die in grand fashion, having exacted revenge, notorious for all of time, like his predecessors.
It’s blood money, gun lobbies, assault weapons, mental illness. But it’s more than that.
The scourge is perverse.
It’s co-signed by the most powerful person in the world.
Who yesterday, left work early.
Ate cheeseburgers in bed.
Went to sleep.
Couldn’t be bothered to address what he created.
We have a Donald Trump crisis.
Parkland is a new crisis. It is but one of a long list of school shootings.
But it’s the first one with roots in MAGA.
We’ve crossed a new threshold.
It’s time. Time to shut down DC, mobilize.
It’s time to make the propagandists pay.
It’s time to tell them about themselves.
Before they kill again.
First of all, thank you to everyone who has shared. As noted previously, this is *not* an attempt to garner sympathy, pity, or exoneration for the shooter. It’s not about shifting blame.
It’s about opening up the conversation to a long, deep and narrow inquiry. 1/
He sounded much like my son, who is autistic. I’ve detailed my thoughts earlier in this thread.
New reporting on the his behavioral history knocked the wind out of me. 3/