How the Alexandria Shooting May Mark the End For the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

How the Alexandria Shooting May Mark the End For the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Host of Hardline Radio Show

In the wake of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia that left Senator Steve Scalise in critical condition and 3 others wounded, the idea that the political rhetoric in America has become toxic is weighing on the nation.

Hours after the shooting Republican Congressman Chris Collins blamed Democrats in an interview with WBEN. Collins said: “I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric. The rhetoric has been outrageous: The finger-pointing, the tone, the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters, really then, some people react to things like that, people get angry as well, and you fuel the fires.”

Collins asserted that the Democrats had “gone too far” and he would carry a gun when in public from now on.

Spokesman for Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich told Fox News that the shooting in Alexandria is “part of a pattern… you’ve hand an increasing intensity of hostility on the left.”

He then doubled down when asked if his theory made sense by saying: “You’ve had a series of things which send signals that tell people that it’s OK to hate Trump, it’s OK to think of Trump in violent terms, it’s OK to consider assassinating Trump. And then suddenly we’re supposed to rise above it until next time?”

These remarks came on the heels of the shooting and hours before the House Leaders stood up and called for unity.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said: “Sports really bring us together in our cities. You see people have the biggest differences of opinion in politics, and yet when their team is on the field, people come together. So when this team was on the field, practicing with such camaraderie … for this person to take this action was so cowardly.”

But after learning about Congressman Collins’ comments blaming Democrats rhetoric for the Alexandria shooting, Pelosi chided “sanctimonious” Republicans for encouraging division at a time when unity is needed.

Pelosi said: “If the president says, ‘I can shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and nobody would care,’ when you have somebody say, ‘Beat them up and I’ll pay their legal fees,’ when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton. For them to be so sanctimonious is something that I really am almost sad that I had to go down this path with you because I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to have the fullest discussion of it.”

The congresswoman continued: “Somewhere in the 1990s, Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons and that is the provenance of it. And that’s what has continued.”

For Republicans, the shooting should be a wake-up call for the party that has turned-the-other-cheek while divisive nationalistic factions within it grew louder and gained more control. NBC’s Joe Scarborough tapped into this sentiment during commentary on the incident in Virginia.

Scarborough said: “This is actually…24 years in the making. The heated rhetoric in this country has to calm down. There has been a disconnect in American society, and American culture, and American politics.”

The morning talk-news show host went on to point out that this disconnect is “driven in part by social media, driven in part by heated cable news, driven in part by fake news on the internet. Driven in part by hate mongers who actually make money and become fabulously wealthy creating conspiracy theories that paint the other side as evil.”

Since Kellyanne Conway introduced the term “alternative facts” to the English lexicon, there has been a growing intolerance for fake news, conspiracies and the people who purvey them.

For example, when Fox News commentator Sean Hannity refused to let go of a debunked conspiracy involving Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered during a botched robbery, public outrage turned into a loss of several advertisers.

Among them are, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Peloton bicycles, Casper, Leesa Sleep, and Ring home security.

Breitbart News, the alt-right media outlet formerly headed by White House aide Steve Bannon has seen a significant drop in advertisers over the last 6 months. And just in the last 2 months, 90% of their advertising revenue has been lost to the conspiratorial rhetoric this online tabloid has been synonymous with. Previously, Breitbart had over 200 advertisers, but now they are barely hanging on to 26 in total.

Remaining advertisers are “a handful of strip clubs, golf courses, and fellow right-wing publications.”

And in addition to defunding right-wing media outlets, the public’s intolerance for conspiracy theorists is evident in the backlash Megyn Kelly has received since revealing that her latest interview for her NBC show will be with Alex Jones.

Since airing a 1 minute and 26 second teaser for the show, Kelly has been dis-invited to host a galla for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, JP Morgan dropped out as an advertiser, and parents of the children killed in Newton have publicly called for the show to never air.

Surprisingly, Jones agrees with the Newtown parents, claiming he was deceived by Kelly into looking like he was drudging up his “Sandy Hook is a hoax” mantra from several years back.

Not wanting a barrage of bad press and the financial windfall that follows, Jones implored: “Don’t air the piece, because from the promos NBC has run, Megyn is distorting me. It has all the markings of a PR stunt. The minute she put that promo out there, there were groups calling for boycotts. It was basically instantaneous.”

Kelly defended her interview by saying she was just going to “shine a light” on Jones because Trump has been “praising and citing him” which makes Jones a person of interest. She went on to say: “Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light — as journalists are supposed to do — on this influential figure.”

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

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