Fox News has really gone deep into racism this time. The network that seemingly supported the murder of Trayvon Martin by defending George Zimmerman and stand your ground laws now is claiming — falsely — that three black teens shot an Australian college student in the U.S. — by quoting former Congressman Allen West’s false tweet, and not correcting it. West is also a Fox News contributor.
Chris Lane, 22, here on a baseball scholarship,Â died after two black teens and one white teen literally shot and killed him for fun, because they were “bored,” according to local Oklahoma police.
On “Fox and Friends” this morning, host Steve Doocy, comparing the murder of Chris Lane to the murder of Trayvon Martin — for no ostensible reason — claimed there was “a double standard regarding things like this.”
“Allen West has tweeted, quote, â€˜We were bored and decided to kill somebody. Three black teens shoot white jogger. Who will President of the United States identify with this time?â€™ Excellent point,” Doocy told his fellow Fox hosts. “I wonder when celebrities are going to put on â€˜I Am Chris Laneâ€™ t-shirts?”
Here’s the Allen West tweet:
“We were bored & decided to kill somebody.” 3 black teens shoot white jogger.Who will POTUS identify w/this time? http://t.co/ovs9Xw23Ye
â€” Allen West (@AllenWest) August 20, 2013
And a screenshot in case he deletes it:
But the facts are clear.
Tommy Christopher at Mediaite explains:
A Duncan police source confirmed toÂ Mediaite, Wednesday morning, that 17 year-old Michael Jones is not â€œthe one with the lightest skin,â€ he is a white male. It is true that 15 year-oldÂ James Edwardsand 16 year-oldÂ Chancey LunaÂ have been charged, as adults, with first-degree murder, while Jones is charged as an accessory after the fact, but Jones is also reported to have said â€œI pulled the triggerâ€Â in court Tuesday:
As the boys appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom, a 17-year-old blurted out, â€œI pulled the trigger,â€ then wept after a judge told him that Tuesdayâ€™s hearing wasnâ€™t the time or place to sort out the facts of the case.
Here’s the clip of the Fox News “Fox and Friends” hosts:
To be clear, their premise would be equally false if all three suspects were black, but the fact that theyâ€™ve chosen to ignore Michael Jonesâ€™ race indicates a commitment to that premise no matter what the facts say. The oldest of the three suspects, who declared in open court that he â€œpulled the trigger,â€ is a white male, so perhaps these conservative outlets ought to be praising Al Sharpton for not coming out and saying that the lesson here is for black kids not to hang around with white kids. If he did, he would be rightly condemned, but such a declaration would be no more absurd than the idea that he should weigh in on a tragedy that, thus far, appears to be taking as just a course as is possible. Thereâ€™s definitely something wrong with the people who killed Chris Lane, but itâ€™s not the color of their skin.
Sadly, if this weren’t enough, the infamous Daily Caller, which yesterday reported, “The Obamas do not have any white dogs,” and, Obama is the “first female president” because “he’s lazy,” published this:
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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
Giuliani, Graham, Eastman, Others Tied to Trump Subpoenaed by Grand Jury in Georgia Criminal Election Investigation
Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, and several others including Cleta Mitchell have been subpoenaed by a Fulton County special grand jury convened to investigate possible criminal actions or interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.
Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Mitchell, along with Kenneth Chesbro, are all members of Donald Trump’s legal team or advised the former president “on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states,” and are now being subpoenaed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Senator Graham (R-SC) has publicly admitted to contacting the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Also subpoenaed is attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.
“The 23-person special grand jury has heard testimony in recent weeks from a parade of witnesses, including some who had direct contact with Trump and his associates. But Tuesday’s subpoenas are the closest jurors have gotten to the inner circle of the former president,” the Journal-Constitution adds.
Eastman, the infamous author of the “coup memo,” is a former law professor and the current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which has never disavowed his actions.
“A federal judge in March,” the AJC adds, “argued that ‘it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.'”
In the days after the November 2020 election, The Washington Post reported, Sen. Graham “questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.”
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