In the aftermath of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, social media has been ablaze with comments from those just dying to tell the world how they would solve the problem of gun violence. Among them is former CNN host Reza Aslan, whose show was famously axed in the aftermath of profane anti-Trump tweets he made in 2017.
According to Aslan’s latest Twitter diatribe:
After today there is no longer any room for nuance. The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters - ALL OF THEM - are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.
There’s a lot of falsehood there to unpack in such a short statement. In fact, reading through Aslan’s Twitter feed you find a lot of that. The radical left knows that it can’t win on facts and reason, so it resorts to name-calling, straw men, and other fallacious means of attempting to sway public opinion. And the leftists are getting angrier and angrier, particularly when others call them out on their advocacy of violence and their inability to use logic and reason.
What’s perhaps most disconcerting about Aslan’s tweet is that, even though he clearly is inciting violence against Trump supporters, Twitter deemed his tweet not to be in violation of the site’s terms of service. Compare that to Candace Owens, whose Twitter account was suspended after she copied racist tweets of New York Times writer Sarah Jeong but replaced “white” with “black” and “Jewish.” Jeong’s tweets were never censored and her account was never suspended, but Owens’ was. Want to take bets as to how quickly a conservative copying Reza Aslan’s tweets but replacing “white” with “black” would get shut down?
The bias against conservatives in public life is pretty clear, with leftists issuing incitements to violence all the time while conservatives are increasingly being muzzled. That’s not a recipe for cooperation, and unless this trend reverses itself it could end very badly indeed.
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