South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg threw the race card hard… blaming the El Paso shooting on white racists. The 21-year-old shooter that killed 20 and wounded 26, evidently had a four-page manifesto that spoke of white nationalism. But what Buttigieg and other leftists aren’t putting out there is that it also called for universal income and healthcare. Oh, and the guy was an enviro-nut as well. Details, details.
Buttigieg is a Democratic presidential hopeful for 2020 and he leads in a number of polls – but he really only polls at six percent. He’s using the shootings this weekend as political fodder to pad his campaign creds. He’s claiming the United States is “under attack” from “homegrown, white nationalist terrorism.”
“America is under attack from homegrown, white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said in his opening statement before the AFSCME 2020 Public Service Forum in Las Vegas (yep, that’s a commie union event). “We have to talk and act about two things in this country: first of all, we are the only country in the world with more guns than people. It has not made us safer. We can respect the Second Amendment and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans.”
“Number two, white nationalism is evil,” the Sound Bend mayor continued. “It is inspiring people to commit murder and it is being condoned at the highest levels of the American government and it has got to end.”
Any racism is evil and murder in the name of it is doubly so. But he’s singling out white Americans and any that love their country. He didn’t say the KKK or white hate groups… words matter… notice he said ‘white nationalists’. It’s also a sideways slap at President Trump who is a strong believer in nationalism – the love of one’s country.
My grandmother used to take me to Cielo Vista Mall. Now it’s one more mass shooting scene. How many more must grieve before we act? #ElPaso
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 3, 2019
“El Paso law enforcement has yet to confirm the suspected shooter’s motive, rendering Buttigieg’s pronouncement premature.
“At least 24 people were shot, several of them fatally, and one suspect was arrested at a Walmart Supercenter in El Paso, Texas, Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
“Police arrested Patrick Crusius, a white male in his early 20s, in connection with the mass shooting, spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez said. Several media sources confirmed that the suspect lives in Allen, Texas, about 650 miles from El Paso.
“Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez said initial reports were that the gunman used a rifle, but that hasn’t been confirmed, Gomez said.
“At this time we have ruled out multiple shooters,” Gomez said. Multiple victims have been taken to different hospitals, a University Medical Center of El Paso, hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke said. UMC received at least 13 victims with “level one” injuries, which is the most serious level. One of them died, Mielke said. At least two of the victims transported to UMC were children. Another 11 victims were taken to Del Sol Medical Center, spokesman Victor Guerrero said.”
And Buttigieg had more on tap: “America is under attack by lethal, violent white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said. “… This is a national security emergency. It is killing Americans just as it is killing people around the world.”
Despite his claim that he is for the Second Amendment, he’s not – he’s for gun control plain and simple and he wants whites demonized while the likes of communist Antifa, radical leftist groups and MS-13 gangbangers run wild in the streets with impunity.
Mayor Pete said that until the nation is ready to confront the rash of racially motivated violence it has suffered — and implement reforms to gun laws — it will remain vulnerable to domestic terrorist attacks. Both he and Fox News claim there have been 250 mass shootings in the US this year alone. That is an audacious lie and shameful in the extreme.
Buttigieg, when asked about why he was qualified to comment on white nationalism, cited his military record. According to documents obtained by ABC 57 in South Bend, the mayor was placed in the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (AFTC). The documents said the AFTC often “identifies and disrupts Taliban, Al-Qaida and other insurgent financial support networks in Afghanistan.”
“Counterterrorism was my specialty in the military, and I know a little bit about what’s involved,” Buttigieg said. “I specialized in dealing with terrorism abroad, but I learned a lot that, sadly, will be applicable here at home.”
“We are the only country in the world with more guns than people,” he said. “It has not made us safer. We can respect the Second Amendment (on gun rights), and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans.”
He listed several policy proposals he said would help curb the tide of gun violence, adding “responsible gun owners” should approve of all of them. Those policies included implementing universal background checks for firearm purchases, banning the sale of high capacity magazines, allowing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence and passing “red flag” laws that remove firearms from at-risk people, such as those convicted of domestic violence.
He also called for stricter regulations on what he called ‘military-style’ firearms often used in mass shootings.
“Weapons of war have no place in American neighborhoods,” he said.
There is nothing worse than a soldier who comes home and turns on his country and the Constitutional freedoms that made it great. I give you Pete Buttigieg. Like McCain, he’s using his service as some kind of moral political shield. That won’t work and none of us are falling for this schtick.