January 11, 2012
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who chairs Democratic National Committee, blamed the Tea Party movement for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona last year. She made the comments in New Hampshire this morning.
“We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who is doing really well, by the way, — [was shot],” she said, and then mentioned the Tea Party by name:
The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular… has really changed, I’ll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.
You had town hall meetings that they tried to take over, and you saw some their conduct at those tea party meetings. When they come and disagree with you, you’re not just wrong, you’re the enemy.
It was determined that the accused shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is mentally ill and unable to stand trial. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been undergoing forced medication in a federal prison hospital since July.
Loughner was not affiliated with Tea Party or conservatives and did not vote in the 2010 election.
Following the shooting, the establishment media attempted to portray him as a Tea Party supporter. The media cited a Department of Homeland Security report linking Loughner to American Renaissance, which DHS claimed promotes views that are “anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG [Zionist Occupational Government], anti-Semitic.”
Following the news blitz and sensationalistic headlines portraying the shooting as political, the DHS admitted “the department has not established any such possibility, undercutting what appears to be the primary basis for this claim.” It was later discovered that the memo came from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, not the DHS.
The insinuation by Wasserman Schultz that disagreeing with the government is akin to violence and terrorism arrives as the establishment tries to discredit Ron Paul and his supporters. In the lead-up to the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, an umber of editorials characterized his supporters as coming from the lunatic fringe, as did so-called “conservative” heavy hitters on talk radio.
The DNC boss Wasserman Schultz did not mention Ron Paul, but her side swipe of the Tea Party serves as an indirect attack on the Paul campaign. Although much of the Tea Party has been hijacked by establishment Republicans, there is still a large contingency that supports Ron Paul and his call for a return to a constitutional republic.