AMAC Exclusive – By Tammy Bruce
When I was a “community organizer” for the left, there were a few times when I and others would bring up concerns about the lunatic fringe (speaking of the disturbed on our “side”). Various leadership would dismiss our concerns in a coy way. The grassroots activists were told nothing could (or should) be done about people who felt “passionately“ about the issues. Inevitably, there would be an implied wink and nod at the end of that discussion.
Now, in the midst of the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it’s apparent the left’s desire for political violence has not waned but metastasized, controlling the Democratic Party through their leftist leadership.
The rhetoric smearing Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing was so outrageous and vile that it set a tone and made the intentions of the Democratic Party clear. The attempt to utterly destroy a decent man because of politics was so egregious it was an invitation to anyone even slightly disturbed to take action against him.
Remarks from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2020 on the steps of the Supreme Court continued what can only be described as an incitement to violence. As he addressed an abortion rights rally, the top Senate Democrat said: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
The shocking reaction by Democratic leadership to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision in the Dobbs case also makes it clear the desire for violence has moved from a wink and a nod to outright encouragement by many on the left, including various Democratic politicians. Lori Lightfoot, the Democrat mayor of Chicago, tweeted this about the leaked draft opinion: “To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms.” That outrageous lie attempting to incite as many people as possible remains posted, and she’s not alone. A number of leading Democrats tweeted or made inflammatory statements meant to gin up as much anger and hysteria as possible and then sent out fundraising letters.
As we now know, someone did answer Lightfoot’s “call to arms,” envisioning himself as Schumer’s “whirlwind.” Nicholas Roske traveled from California to, as he told authorities, “give his life meaning” by killing Kavanaugh. The Los Angeles Times reported, “Police found a black tactical vest, a knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crowbar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots and other items in his backpack and suitcase.” According to the police affidavit, Roske plotted to kill Kavanaugh because of his concern that gun laws would be loosened and Roe vs. Wade would be overturned.
The Democrats and everyone on the left know how deadly their rhetoric can be. Just 3 years earlier, Representative Steve Scalise and other House Republicans were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game when a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders opened fire, grievously injuring Scalise and two others. His motive was so clear, even CNN couldn’t soft-peddle it:
“James T. Hodgkinson… defined himself publicly by his firm support of Bernie Sanders’ progressive politics – and his hatred of conservatives and President Donald Trump,” the cable news outlet reported. “…‘Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.’ he posted on his personal Facebook page on March 22. ‘Republicans are the Taliban of the USA,’ he posted in February.”
That horrific event has been pushed so far down the memory hole that Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, a woman who serves in Congress alongside Scalise, said this on the House floor as she called for gun reform just this week: “I believe I’m the only member of this House that is a victim of gun violence. My body is riddled with bullets.”
An aide to Rep. Leo Ryan, Speier was part of the team in 1978 that went to investigate abuse allegations at Jonestown in Guyana run by cult-leader Jim Jones. As they were at a jungle airstrip preparing to leave, Ryan and four others were shot to death during an ambush. Speier, 28 at the time, was among the wounded. It is perplexing how anyone, especially her, could forget that Scalise was also riddled with bullets just four years ago during a crime of political violence. At the very least, it highlights how that attempted mass murder has been literally forgotten.
Meanwhile, after the attempted murder of Kavanaugh, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter why a bill providing security for the justices had been blocked in the House. Pelosi dismissively and smugly declared, “Nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill…”
What are we to think? Even after an attempted murder, Pelosi and the Democrats seem not to care. Or could it be, horribly, confirmation that things are moving along exactly as the Democrats want them to?