CNN tweets image of President Trump with cross hairs superimposed

CNN tweets image of President Trump with cross hairs superimposed
Image via Twitter

The about-face that began seven years ago is now complete.

Back then liberals, desperate to blame “bitter clingers” for the killings in Tuscon of six people and wounding of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords, grasped at straws. They insisted that Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter, was a Republican. In fact he was a registered Independent whom a former friend described as “very liberal.”

But far and away the silliest j’accuse the Left cooked up as proof of conservative “incivility” was a map of electoral districts that had been circulated prior to the shooting by Sarah Palin’s political action committee. The artist who made the map used a symbol to target congressional seats held by Giffords and 19 other Democrats that some, including The New York Times, swore was a stylized rifle cross hairs.

The symbol in question, as LU argued, was a printer’s registration mark, used to align the printing plates in four-color printing.

Images: (Left) Printer’s registration mark, crosshairs. Close but no cigar.

Since that time, liberals have abandoned the pretense of serving a higher god. The party that once claimed the moral high ground no longer fancies itself above sending out messages like these:

You might have thought the last straw was the the June 2017 shooting spree at a practice field in Alexandria, Va., the goal of which, according to the gunman, was to “kill Republicans.”

But yesterday the Left crossed the last and dotted the last with this since-deleted tweet by CNN’s Chris Cillizza:

There’s a difference, of course, between this image and the map symbols used by Palin’s PAC. Here there is no ambiguity about what Cillizza intended.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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