On CNN Monday night, host Don Lemon, talking about the pipe bombs sent to Democrats, the shooting of two African-Americans in Kentucky last week and the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre, told viewers that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them are radicalized to the right.” He also said that he only sees “right-wingers,” not Democrats, committing atrocities over political beliefs.
Conservative commentator Mike Shields was a guest on Lemon’s show, “CNN tonight,” and argued that blaming Fox News coverage of the central American caravan for the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting was “disgusting” and “outrageous.” He also brought up the Bernie Sanders supporter responsible for the Republican congressional baseball practice shooting in 2017 which was allegedly motivated by his dislike of the Republican party. This point was rapidly slapped down by liberal commentator Max Boot who accused Shields of blaming candidate Sanders for the shooting. This was something Shields had neither suggested or stated.
“So if you’re not equivocating, if you’re not saying that they are equal in comparing them, then why are you bringing that up?” Lemon asked. “Bernie Sanders is not the president.“
President Trump’s detractors have blamed his rhetoric for the tragic Synagogue shooting, while of course ignoring the fact that the shooter had denounced Trump online labeling him a “globalist, not a nationalist,” then by going on to say “for the record, I did not vote for nor have I owned, worn or even touched a MAGA hat.“
The other guest on Lemon’s show, Max Boot, said this on Twitter:
“there is partisanship on both sides of the political spectrum, but no left-wing outlets propagate extremism as successfully or widely as conservative media do. Conservatives are being brainwashed in an “echo chamber” for “rumor and conspiracy theory.”
Daily Wire’s editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, rejected Max Boot’s comments as “flatly untrue.”
This is flatly untrue. Left-leaning media are far more powerful than conservative media by the numbers, and promulgate extremism in policy and rhetoric. https://t.co/2XhVGWSI63
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 29, 2018
Israel’s envoy to the memorial ceremony for the victims said that it was “unfair and wrong” to blame President Trump for the tragedy. “With President Trump, we never have to worry if he has our backs,” he went on to say.