“GOP leadership tells House Republicans to lie about white supremacist gun massacres – call it ‘violence from the Left’”
You can read the full article here -- if you can stomach it. For instance, among the things the memo says to lie about (though they don't call it that, but it is) is to tell members to say -- "We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter..."
In case you can't remember back two weeks, the El Paso shooter specifically left a document that specifically tied his beliefs to those specifically of Trump. It isn't that there wasn't anything "left" about the shooter, but that it was specifically tied specifically to Trump, specifically.
There are a three very important things of note that must be mentioned to put this in proper perspective -- separate of how if anything demonstrates how empty of values the Republican Party has become, harmful to America and reiterates that this is not about Trump but the elected members of the Republican Party who enable him and are complicit in it all.
First is the most obvious: this is blatant lying. Even if some of the shootings they mention in their memo are not tied to the Republican Party and today's conservative values, pretty much none of the mass shooting massacres have been related to liberal values of "the left" and, in fact, many of the mass shooting massacres have been.specifically and tied to Trump's words, the far right and white supremacy. Moreover, the memo conveniently leaves out almost all of them.
Second, even putting politics aside -- including ignoring all the specific ties specifically to Trump -- there is one thing all of these shootings and mass shooting massacres have in common. They all involved the usage of guns. Every one of them. Guns. And that is an issue that entirely turns itself to the Republican Party that has not only fought to block any and all gun control laws to help make American society safer, but even passed a law that specifically allowed for severely mentally ill people to own guns. A full 90% of the country supports background checks for all firearms -- yet the Republican Party continues to block all efforts to bring that to reality. Because it's not what the NRA wants. And ultimately, the money donations between the NRA and Republican Party are ties that bind all of these shootings together.
And third, the only impact this memo will have is on the Republican base, because they have shown they will believe almost-literally anything their GOP conservative overlords tell them. Hey,as a starting point, the Republican base believes Trump is a deeply moral and religious man who was elected because of God's will. After you begin with that, you know they'll believe most anything. But however stupid some people may cynically believes most of the rest of Americans are, I think think that that veil of stupidity believes that the mass shooting massacres of blacks, Hispanics, Jews and other minorities is because of liberal violence from "the left." So, this Republican House memo will not only have no impact convincing Americans of its lying point -- but the only serious impact it will have is to further convince those in the undecided Independent middle how craven, dangerous and devoid of trust the Republican Party today has become. The GOP will certainly reinforce their base, which is SO "reinforced" at this point it is immobile, but the Party will continue to put a deep wedge between itself and the rest of America.
This is not about Trump. This -- and in this case, it is specifically "this" -- is about the elected officials of the Republican Party, who enable Trump and are complicit in his divisiveness that is dangerous to America. They actually, specifically do put us all at risk.
So, if at this late date you needed a reason to distrust pretty much anything these days from the Republican, I have a memo for you.