On June 12th, Omar Mateen launched an attack on The Pulse night club in Orlando.
Fifty people lost their lives that night and witnesses heard Mateen shout, ‘Allahu Akbar’ and it was learned that Mateen had pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Yet at the time, North Carolina elected officials and media personalities rushed to judgement.
“The way the events played out, the horrific tragedy in Orlando sort of brought out to me the immediate need to repeal House Bill 2 because it’s sort of a hate-filled, shameful piece of legislation that doesn’t reflect North Carolina values,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford. (WRAL 6/14/16)
“This is a tragedy that all Americans face, but it was a direct attack on the LGBT community,” said Rep. Chris Sgro, D-Guilford. “The only way that we’re going to stop more attacks like that is to stop having bad policy like HB2, stop having negligent rhetoric like we had around it and combat homophobia and trans-phobia in every walk of life.” (WRAL 6/14/16)
WRAL’s own Laura Leslie went on several Facebook rants blaming everyone but Mateen and ISIS. National media watchdog outlet Newsbusters picked up on Leslie’s posts:
Even the NC NAACP got into the act, sending out an email that said in part, “Do not generalize from a deranged man consumed by hatred, to an ancient religion based on love.”
The NC NAACP email was long and included blaming Donald Trump, as well as “murderous forces of hate”:
“The murderous forces of hate have watched people coming together “against colonial oppression and systemic exploitation. They have witnessed people coming together and challenging racism, sexism, classicism, and the oppression against LGBT people. The forces of hate have looked on helplessly as millions of white and straight and males reject the old forms of domination. People of faith are awakening to unity against ancient lines of race and gender identity.”
911 call transcripts of Mateen that were released this week just how wrong they all were.
“Yo, the air strike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago… that’s what triggered it, okay?” said Mateen, who earlier in the conversation identified himself as a follower the Islamic State terror group.
“They should have not bombed and killed Abu Wahid,” the former security guard declared. “Do your fucking homework and figure out who Abu Wahid is, okay?”
Additionally, Mateen praised one of the bombers of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and another domestic terrorist whose name was transcribed as unintelligible in the released transcript.
At other points, Mateen told the negotiator that the United States needed to stop all bombing in Iraq and Syria.
(Washington Free Beacon, 9/28/16)
Will media like the Charlotte Observer or WRAL now be following up on this story? Will Sgro, Harrison, Leslie or the NC NAACP be held accountable for their ghoulish, politically motivated rhetoric? Don’t hold your breath.