Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., second form right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. From left are, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Blumenthal, Sen, Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Every time a mass shooting occurs, the left immediately tries to pin responsibility for the shooting on those of us on the political right. We are held responsible either because we support the idea that the Second Amendment means pretty much what it says and and has meant for a couple hundred years, or because conservative American values can somehow be bootstrapped into the event. This is just cheap point scoring by the left. Time and again we find these shooters have either no definable political philosophy or the philosophy they have is so diffuse and disjointed as to be incoherent. But still, if you can’t blame your political opposition for the cold-blooded murder of innocents, then what’s the use in getting out of bed in the morning?

The same has happened with the mass shooting in a Christchurch, NZ, mosque overnight where a man walked into a mosque and gunned down some 49 worshipers. The shooter left a lengthy manifesto in which he claims to believe in a lot of different things:

But, of course, no tragedy could be complete without blaming Trump and his supporters:

This is what is said in shooter’s the “manifesto”:

Was there a political figure or party in history you most associate yourself with?
Sir Oswald Mosley is the person from history closest to my own beliefs.
Were/are you a “homophobe”?
No, I simply do not care all that much what gay people do.As long as they are loyal to their people and place their peoples well being first, then I have no issues.
Were/are you “right wing”?
Depending on the definition, sure.
Were/are you “left wing”?
Depending on the definition, sure.
Were/are you a socialist?
Depending on the definition. Worker ownership of the means of production? It depends on who those workers are, their intents, who currently owns the means of production, their intents and who currently owns the state, and its intents.
Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?
As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.

Whatever.

It is one thing when fringe terrorist related groups like CAIR thrown their kheffiyeh into ring or when a Brit paper acts nuttier than usual. It is quite another for a US senator to do the same…or at least it used to be.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday tied President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric to a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques that left 49 dead.

“Words have consequences like saying we have an invasion on our border and talking about people as though they were different in some fatal way,” Blumenthal said during an interview on CNN.

Blumenthal said Friday that words have “consequences,” pointing to comments Trump made about the 2017 Charlottesville rally that featured neo-Nazis and white nationalists, as well as counter-protesters.

“Words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,'” Blumenthal said, referencing Trump.

This is pretty much what we’ve come to expect of a guy who lied about his military service in order to create a political career for himself. (As an aside, Dan Quayle served in the Indiana National Guard during the Vietnam War. George Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard. Both caught all kinds of crap and were called draft dodgers. Blumenthal served in the Marine Corps Reserve during that war and lied about serving in Vietnam and he is supposed to have some kind of moral authority. Go figure.)

When you have organized caravans of illegals forcing their way across our border it would be fair to constitute that as an “invasion.” Without getting into exegesis of Trump’s post-Charlottesville statement (there were a lot of people there who were protesting the state-sanctions iconoclasm taking place in regards to Civil War memorials) the fact remains is that no matter what he meant, there have been no similar instances since then…but there has been widespread and nearly constant outbreaks of violence directed at Trump supporters by the so-called “Antifa.”

There is nothing that an major US public figure has said at anytime that would motivate someone to walk into a New Zealand mosque and kill people. To blame Trump for this is something that could only be done by someone without honor, or integrity, or moral scruple…sort of like what you’d expect from a guy who lied about serving in Vietnam to further his political career.