While once-unthinkable tragedies like the horrific carnage in Las Vegas on Sunday break hearts across America, and sometimes cause a brief pause in political partisanship, they also serve to fuel the narrative of those eager to exploit them.
As is the case with self-proclaimed “anti-racist activist” Tariq Nasheed:
Terrorist Stephen Paddock being from Mesquite NV, the same place where armed white supremacists pointed guns are LE, is not a coincidence
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 2, 2017
Nasheed was sure the shooting wasn't a coincidence:
“Terrorist Stephen Paddock being from Mesquite NV, the same place where armed white supremacists pointed guns are LE, is not a coincidence.”
Nasheed's Mesquite, Nevada, reference was an apparent allusion to the 2014 standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and others, and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle-grazing rights.
Unfortunately, Nasheed wasn't alone in the exploitation of the indiscriminate massacre. Check out this tweet from a now-deleted account, as captured by another Twitter user:
— James Simpson (@jimmyjackjrs) October 2, 2017
“Lots of white trump [sic] supporters in Las Vegas at route [sic] 21 watching Jason aldean [sic]. Pray only trumptards [sic] died!”
A close look reveals the unidentified teacher also refers to President Donald Trump as “Orange Cheeto.” An obvious “teacher of the year” candidate.
Hummingbird wanted to make sure everyone identifies the shooter as a terrorist — a “white terrorist,” that is:
Let's be clear. Las Vegas shooter is nothing but a terrorist.
— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) October 2, 2017
And of course, Congressional Democrats wasted little time doing what they always do: calling for additional gun control, including Hillary Clinton, who posted several tweets slamming the National Rifle Association.
President Donald Trump made a brief emotional statement on the shooting at the White House on Monday morning. The president said, in part:
“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever.”
This Twitter user posted chilling video of the moment country music singer Jason Aldean, who was performing, realized the horror unfolding:
— THE INSURANCE MAN (@babahererra) October 2, 2017
We continue to pray for the victims and their grieving friends and family.