Fresh from denouncing Republicans as “semi-fascists” and “violent extremists,” President Joe Biden will host a White House “United We Stand” summit Thursday: Our president will assure Americans (or at least the media) that he is totally opposed to hate notwithstanding any sentences that recently scrolled across his teleprompter.
Hatred is simply another issue conscripted for a desperate Democratic “Get out the vote” drive.
For Team Biden, “hate” is a flag of political convenience. In announcing the summit, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stretched back a decade to list a “disturbing series of hate-fueled attacks, from Oak Creek [Wisconsin Sikh temple, 2012] to Pittsburgh [synagogue, 2018], from El Paso [Walmart shootings, 2019] to Poway [California synagogue, 2019], from Atlanta [massage parlors, 2021] to Buffalo [grocery store, 2022].”
The common element in those attacks is that the killers are white—fitting the Biden administration theme that “white supremacists” are the biggest terror threat in America. Yet, while those killers deserve the harshest punishment, the Biden scorecard ignores 99.9% of the murders committed in America.
Permitting politicians to showcase certain “hate crimes” implicitly entitles them to dismiss or downgrade other crimes as morally irrelevant. The flip side to “hate crime” is “Never mind” or “Move along, nothing to see here.” This switcheroo makes the suffering of the vast majority of crime victims and the recent sharp increase in homicide rates politically irrelevant.
The more hype that hate crimes receive, the more fraudulent many of the claims become. Remember actor Jussie Smollett’s 2019 tale about two MAGA guys attacking him in Chicago because he’s black and gay? Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) howled that it was an “attempted modern day lynching” — and then Smollett’s ludicrous tale fell apart.
Beginning the following year, the homicide rate soared 50% in Chicago. But the 799 people killed in Chicago last year (648 were black) will be ignored at Biden’s summit because none of them was labeled a hate-crime victim.
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