- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Omar Mateen pledged an oath to the Islamic State in a call to U.S. authorities, while shooting down 49 innocent people in what has become the worst massacre on American soil since 9/11.

And The New York Times is still trying to find a motive.

In its editorial page in Wednesday’s paper, The Times wrote: “While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear, it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians.”

“While the precise motivation for his rampage remains unclear”?!

The liberal media simply can’t wrap its head around why a gay Muslim registered Democrat would commit such an atrocity.

But it’s really clear: It was in the name of ISIS.

“I’m the shooter. It’s me,” Mateen was quoted as telling News 13 in Orlando. “I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State,” he said, according to a Washington Post account of the call.

During a briefing Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that fact.

“During the [911] calls he said he was doing this for the leader of [the Islamic State] who he named and pledged loyalty to,” Mr. Comey said.

But this is all too much for The New York Times. They need to blame Republicans for the mass shooting. Or Christians. Or Donald Trump. Or his supporters. Or all of the above.

You see, every wrong in the world can be attributed to conservatives, or it just doesn’t make sense.

“Hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum,” The Times continues. “They occur where bigotry is allowed to fester, where minorities are vilified and where people are scapegoated for political gain. Tragically, this is the state of American politics, driven too often by Republican politicians who see prejudice as something to exploit, not extinguish.”

And then they tied their argument back to the transgender bathroom debate, because, well, that’s what must have sent Mateen off the deep end.

Get a grip. Mateen took two trips to Saudi Arabia and eyewitnesses saw him cheer after the 9/11 attacks. He was investigated by the FBI in twice for boasting about his ties to Hezbollah and al Qaeda. A local sheriff felt so uncomfortable with Mateen’s allegiance to terrorist organizations that he requested his removal from the St. Lucie County Courthouse in Pierce, Florida, where Mateen worked as a security guard.

But according to the New York Times, the search for motive continues.


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