June 15, 2017
The left generally has been agitating for serious political violence since the election and even before.
One of the biggest agitators was the Jewish terror group the SPLC.
So it comes as no surprise that yesterday’s would-be assassin was a fan of the organization.
As details about the man who shot GOP lawmakers and staff as they practiced for a charity baseball game emerge, the Southern Poverty Law Center — which continually attacks conservatives and conservative organizations as being hate groups — issued a statement about the shooter having “liked” its Facebook page.
But it did not retract any of the criticism of Majority Whip Steve Scales (R-LA), who remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., who shot Scalise and four others, died of his wounds after first responders successfully stopped his rampage.
“The attack on members of Congress and their staffs today was a sickening and cowardly act of terror that must be condemned by everyone across the political spectrum,” Richard Cohen, president of SPLC said in a statement. “Any violent attack on our political leadership is an attack on our democracy.”
“We’re aware that the SPLC was among hundreds of groups that the man identified as the shooter ‘liked” on Facebook,” the statement said. “I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: The SPLC condemns all forms of violence.”
“We have worked for decades to combat domestic terrorism and violence based on hate,” Cohen said in the statement, entitled “Attack on GOP Congressmen is Assault on Democracy.”
“Our hearts are with those who were injured today and the families of all who have been affected by this deplorable act,” Cohen said. “We hope and pray for their full recovery.”
But in posts on its website dating back to 2014, SPLC had repeatedly implied that Scalise associated with white supremacists and other groups the organization had deemed “hate groups,” including the Family Research Center where a gunman attacked the conservative, Christian group’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2012 and later told law enforcement that he was inspired by SPLC’s Hate Map.
In its Spring “Intelligence Report” in 2015, SPLC implied that because Scalise lives in the same state as Ku Klux Klan members, he “associated” with them.
“In fact, Scalise, who hails from the same Louisiana parish as Duke and Knight, may have had some real affinities with EURO. In 1999, Roll Call reported that Scalise ‘said he embraces many of the same ‘conservative’ views as Duke, but is more viable.’ Scalise also reportedly told a columnist that his politics were similar to Duke’s, but ‘without the baggage.’”
In December of 2014, SPLC attacked Scalise for allegedly speaking at a gathering that included white supremacists.
“Faced with an exploding crisis sparked by the revelation that the No. 3 Republican in the House gave a speech to a well-known group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis a dozen years ago, the GOP in Rep. Steve Scalise’s home state of Louisiana is doubling down, calling the entire episode a mere ‘manufactured blogger story,’” SPLC wrote.
In my personal view, the SPLC should not be held responsible for their speech that led to this attempted assassination.
However, my personal view on freedom of speech is very much different than that of the SPLC.
For instance, the SPLC claimed that Dylann Roof visited this website, and thus my speech was somehow responsible for his actions.
The very core concept of the SPLC is that “speech leads to violence.” That is the foundational idea of their organization. I don’t know that they do or don’t believe it – I think most of the leadership probably does not believe it, simply because the concept is so absurd that surely any adult cannot take it seriously.
However, that is what they push – that ideas and words lead to violence, which is why they have aggressively blamed me, Stormfront and others for acts of violence.
Here’s a bit from an LA Times interview with Richard Cohen:
We define hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people for characteristics such as race, religion or their sexual orientation. The propensity for violence is not a criterion for listing as a hate group. So sometimes groups that really have no propensity for violence, although their rhetoric might foment it, object to be listed with the Ku Klux Klan.
So, “rhetoric” foments violence.
The Jewish serial harasser and peddler of virulent hate Richard Cohen spent years spreading virulent hate speech about the shooting victim Steve Scalise by his fan James T. Hodgkinson.
If that is the version of reality the SPLC has embraced – and I assure you, it is – then just as I am somehow magically responsible for Dylann Roof’s actions, they are responsible for this attempted political assassination.
In fact, this whole “if you say you dislike a group and then someone commits violence against that group” narrative is going to be a lot more harmful to the SPLC than it is to the Daily Stormer – because right now, 99% of political violence is coming from the left.
The SPLC sues groups simply to try and bankrupt them because they dislike their speech. They do so based on the concept that that speech is causing “real life harm.” Well, I can’t think of any form of “real life harm” more egregious than the attempted assassination of a powerful politician – and this is a politician that the SPLC specifically targeted with their virulent hate speech!
Steve Scalise has been a nonstop target of vicious and virulent hate speech by the Jewish hate group the SPLC. For years, they have called him virulent, hateful names on their blog.
The hate against Scalise shot out of the SPLC’s “Hatewatch” blog like water out of a firehose.
We need an investigation into any further connections between the shooter and the SPLC. Because although, unlike them, I don’t think the people who “inspired” his decisions as an individual to act this way should be held legally accountable, they should be held accountable before the public.
The entire Jewish media came down on me over Dylann Roof – despite the fact that it was never even proved he visited my site, the media simply claimed it – and yet this guy is an open and confirmed fan of the SPLC, and targeted a specific target of their hate speech.
The SPLC obsessively connected Scalise to David Duke, and spent tens of thousands of words attacking him as pure evil using the most virulent of hate speech on their “Hatewatch” blog. Then a fan of their’s attempts to assassinate him.
And this is not the first time this has happened – in 2012, a mass shooter who targeted the Family Research Council openly admitted during an FBI interview that he got the address from the SPLC’s website.
In the 2012 shooting at FRC that injured a security guard, convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins II said he targeted the group because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.
“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins told interrogators in a video, which FRC obtained from the FBI. “I found them online, did a little research, went to the website, stuff like that.”
So you don’t have to be the world’s greatest detective to suppose that maybe Hodgkinson targeted Scalise specifically because of the virulent hate speech against him published on the SPLC site.
And no, I don’t think Scalise and his family should file a lawsuit against the SPLC, even if they were the inspiration for this attack. Because unlike the SPLC, I actually believe in freedom of speech, and don’t want a precedent set that infringes on it.
But I do want to note here that I have a message in my sidebar saying I am against violence, which appears on every single page of this site, and then if I ever attack an individual, I specifically include a message confirming my opposition to violence AND specifically instruct my readers to never commit any act of violence or any illegal act at all.
The SPLC does none of that.