gorka was probably either joking or factually correct or both, so there

Sebastian Gorka Thinks the Minnesota Mosque Attack May Have Been a False Flag
Benjamin Hart, NY Magazine, Aug 8 2017

In the early morning hours of Aug 5, someone hurled an improvised explosive device at a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota. None of the roughly 20 early morning worshippers were injured, but the blast broke windows and began a small fire, filling the building with smoke. The mosque’s executive director told a local TV station:

One of our congregation members came out immediately and he saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot, running at very high speed.

The FBI is investigating.No arrests have been made. On Sunday, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton called the attack “an act of terrorism.” But the response from the Trump administration has been predictable yet disturbing: almost complete silence. Pres Trump has not issued a statement or tweeted about the Minnesota attack, preferring to direct his attention to other pressing matters like Sen R Blumenthal’s Vietnam record. The DHS did issue a strong statement condemning the attack. In a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC (above), Naziesque White House quasi–adviser Sebastian Gorka put forth a bizarre justification for the radio silence. The attack, he suggested, may have been perpetrated by the left. Gorka said:

There’s a great rule: all initial reports are false. (This is a terrible rule. – Ed) You have to check them. You have to find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals in the last six months, that turned out to actually have been propagated (sic – RB) by the left, so let’s wait and see. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessments, and then the White House will make its comments.

Responding to Stephanie Ruhle’s assertion that Trump had no problem immediately commenting on a London terror attack in June, Gorka countered that it was obvious in that case who the perpetrators were, ignoring the fact that Trump tweeted out a Drudge Report story written before any facts were known. He said:

The question of who does it is a question, when you’ve had people fake hate crimes in the last six months with some regularity! I think it’s wise – don’t you? – to find out what exactly is going on before you make statements when they could turn out to be not who you are expecting!

Ruhle also made the eminently reasonable point:

You don’t have to make a statement about who did it, but you can make a public statement about how terrible it would be to attack a building of worship.

Gorka responded unconvincingly:

That’s fine, and I’m sure the president will do that.

The Trump administration’s muted response follows a clear pattern of playing down attacks by white perpetrators on minorities. When a Canadian white nationalist and Trump admirer killed six people in January, the president said nothing publicly. And when a man yelled “Get out of my country” while shooting and killing an Indian engineer in Kansas, Trump was deafeningly silent for a week before he finally acknowledged the crime. Then there are the thousands of other minor incidents and threats targeting Muslim people and institutions that the president has failed to acknowledge. Corey Saylor of CAIR told HuffPost:

Pres Trump has to date not expressed any significant opposition to Pindosis turning on Pindosis of the Islamic faith. Through his Muslims ban and comments from the campaign trail, he has instead painted the entire Pindosi-Muslim community as suspect.

Of course, it’s a very different story when non-whites, particularly immigrants, are the offenders. Nothing gets Trump’s blood moving like the age-old tradition of employing over-the-top, graphically violent images to dehumanize minorities. Just two weeks ago, he described towns in which MS-13 gangs have carried out murders as “bloodstained killing fields” and the immigrants who committed those attacks as “animals.” At a rally that week, he told a rapt crowd:

They’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and others, and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.

In a way, the Trump administration’s refusal to acknowledge attacks on Muslims and other minorities makes sense, since it is Trump himself who is the proximate cause of the uptick in such incidents. The steep rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic incidents since the beginning of his campaign is a testament to the president’s ability to stir up anger and hatred. But even he may be too squeamish to acknowledge that he has contributed to making America into a more intolerant place.

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