Waking this morning to the news that there had been a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub called Pulse — an attack that killed 50 people and left another 53 wounded, some critically — you can sense conservative pundits getting ready to pounce. Once the name of the shooter, Omar Mateen, was released, their mouths were watering. Once it was revealed that Mateen called 911 and pledged his loyalty to ISIS, they were ready to shill their narrative.
After all, even though President Obama and Hillary Clinton have had far more success fighting Islamic terrorism than George W. Bush — the former two presided over the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the latter started the adventure war in Iraq that led to the formation of ISIS in the first place — right-wing propaganda efforts have been disturbingly effective at blaming liberals and Democrats for being “soft” on Islamic terrorism and hinting that there’s some kind of affection for groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. This, even though it should be blatantly obvious that liberalism, with its insistence on equal rights for women and sexual freedom, is the antithesis of the right wing ideology that motivates Islamic terrorists.
Already, the propaganda machine is firing up again.
“It’s not a hate crime,” Sebastian Gorka of Fox News said. “It is part of an ideological military assault on the United States of America.”