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Update: The Grotesque Politicization of the Colorado Springs Gay Bar Shooting
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Just a brief update: Attorneys for Anderson Lee Aldrich, the individual charged with 5 counts of murder and 5 hate crimes in the recent Colorado shooting at a gay nightclub, have said that Aldrich is “non-binary” and uses “they/them” in pronouns. Below is from the court filing:
As noted in my earlier post, the Left and their media vassals have spent the past few days claiming this was an anti-gay hate crime and that rhetoric from the Right was responsible. There has been ‘round-the-clock coverage trumpeting this assertion.
Yet, there was zero evidence in the public domain that could possibly substantiate these claims, which were made by an endless parade of politicians, pundits, and activists, and it shows a complete disregard for evidentiary standards. The refusal to wait until basic facts are known in tragedies like this — because people are eager to exploit the dead for political reasons — is both ghoulish and reckless.
This latest info about the shooter’s identity and pronouns isn’t dispositive of anything, but it disproves the knee-jerk political assumptions about this being linked to the Right. It’s clear that calling the shooting a hate crime incited by Tucker Carlson or Libs of TikTok or Matt Walsh or what have you is completely false.
Moreover, this entire episode could be a case study in how the most egregious purveyors of misinformation aren’t random, conspiratorial dudes lurking in the bowels of Twitter as the mainstream media claims, but the mainstream media itself.