Jeb! Bush, in an interview with the Huffington Post still doesn’t know *IF* this was a hate crime? If?
We are barely on the second day since the Charleston Massacre by a white supremacist who, as he began his evil deed, told his victims precisely what motivated the actions he was about to take.
What about “You rape our women, and you’re taking over the country. And you have to go.” is an if? What about Roof’s former roommate’s testimony to the media is iffy?
Bush’ stance is consistent with Senator Lindsey Graham‘s and many others who have called this heinous act everything but what it is. This behavior whereby the person takes an event and minimizes it or morphs it into something it isn’t, is called reductionism. That behavior, in this case, is racist.
Because of the way it has been positioning itself since 2010, the GOP is no longer able to even concede, out of any kind of human decency, that a senseless mass-murder is racist, even as the murderer himself told his victims as he butchered them.
Bush and his cohorts would rather engage in verbal contortions rather than say nothing or tell the truth,
Jeb Bush: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Charleston Shooting Was Racially Motivated
As more becomes clear about the motives of the man believed to be behind the Charleston church shooting, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was hesitant to connect Dylann Storm Roof’s alleged actions to any racial prejudice.
When asked about whether he thought the attack was racially motivated, Bush told a Huffington Post reporter, “It was a horrific act and I don’t know what the background of it is, but it was an act of hatred.”
When pressed again about whether race motivated the attacks, Bush said, “I don’t know. Looks like to me it was, but we’ll find out all the information. It’s clear it was an act of raw hatred, for sure. Nine people lost their lives, and they were African-American. You can judge what it is.” […]
“I don’t know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes,” Bush said in his remarks. “But I do know what was in the heart of the victims.”
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