It would be pretty accurate to describe the massacre in Orlando at the hands of a Jihadist terrorist as a “villainous rampage against Americans.” But Monday, those vivid and descriptive words were employed by a member of the House of Representatives not to describe the mass murder in Florida, they were used to describe the political rhetoric of the Republican’s presumptive nominee for president.
Appearing on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first practicing Muslim to be elected to Congress, said of Trump: (The Hill)
“It is clear that we have a narcissistic, fascist who has claimed the Republican nomination. That’s a fact. The question is what are we going to do about it as a nation.
“Why, oh, why can’t his sympathies run to them for just a moment?” Ellison asked, referring to the LGBT and Latino communities. “The whole nation should be grieving with them.”
“The fact his mind is not concerned itself with what they need, comforting them, is deep and disturbing,” Ellison said. “And then turn it into a villainous rampage against other Americans who have absolutely nothing to do with this — and I mean Muslims now — it’s just outrageous.”
Before we unpack his “villainous rampage” rhetoric, can we focus, for a moment on that first line?
“It is clear that we have a narcissistic, fascist who has claimed the Republican nomination. That’s a fact.
Ellison believes it’s “a fact” that Trump is a “narcissistic fascist”? “A fact,” not an opinion? Ok.
“The question is what are we going to do about it as a nation.”
Less than 48 hours from the moment when his fellow Muslim took his religion as an inspiration for a bloody massacre, Ellison proclaims that the problem that faces our country today and must be addressed is Donald Trump.
And then, there’s the “villainous rampage” remark.
Let’s just be clear: The Muslim terrorist in Orlando slaughtered 49 defenseless, innocent Americans and left an additional 53 Americans injured and bloodied. It was the deadliest Jihadist terror attack on American soil since 9/11. And instead of identifying and decrying that violence done in the name of the same religion that he practices, Rep. Ellison decided to turn his anger and ire against a fellow American politician’s words.
Rather than working for justice for the slaughtered innocents and demanding reform in Islam so terrorists can no longer credibly claim their murderous acts are justified by their God, he pretends that a Republican politician is the real problem.
Rather than accurately describe the evil acts in Orlando as a “villainous rampage against other Americans,” Ellison believes that Donald Trump’s speech deserves that designation instead.
Ellison is running for re-election this November and his opponent is Frank Drake. You know what to do.