However, there was no evidence of political “incitement.” First of all, the Tucson killer, Jared Loughner, was mentally disturbed
and had no political motivations. As even the left-wing HuffPost reiterated
Wednesday: “People said Jared Lee Loughner was motivated by politics. Reporting proved them wrong.” Second, Sarah Palin’s map was virtually identical
to those used by Democrats for years, depicting targets atop contested congressional districts.
At the time, Palin called the false accusations against her a “blood libel,” and for good reason: it was a slander imputing responsibility to her for the deaths of innocents, with the sole purpose of punishing her for her beliefs.
goes on to argue that “there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack” in Wednesday’s shooting.
That statement is so completely false that it calls to mind George Orwell’s observation
about journalism during the Spanish Civil War: “I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie.”
There is no evidence whatsoever
of political incitement in the Giffords case, while there is overwhelming evidence that James T. Hodgkinson, the now-deceased attacker at the baseball diamond, nurtured a vicious hatred of Trump and Republicans and was a fan of left-wing media. And according to eyewitnesses, he asked whether the players were Republicans or Democrats before attacking.