Less than 48 hours after a horrific mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 dead, Fox & Friends and the White House went right to work to make sure no one could connect their recent rhetoric surrounding the migrant caravan with the radicalized anti-Semitic shooter’s actions.
Instead, the finger was pointed at the most obvious targets — late-night comedians.
Appearing on F&F this morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway argued that Robert Bowers’ actions should be seen through the spectrum of “anti-religiosity” in this country. And that late-night talk show hosts were leading the charge against religion in the public square.
Conway tries to frame Pittsburgh shooting as really being about "anti-religiosity" writ large.
"The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue… making fun of people who express religion, the late night comedians,.. It's always anti-religious." pic.twitter.com/yw6ZvY1CIQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 29, 2018
“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith to constantly be making fun of people who express religion, the late-night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows,” Conway said. “It’s always anti-religious.”
The veteran pollster and double-talker also tied in Dylann Roof’s racially-motivated shooting of a black Charleston church into this supposed anti-religion movement being pushed by comedians.
“And, remember, these people were gunned down in their place of worship as were the people in South Carolina several years ago,” she righteously declared. “They were there because they are people of faith and it’s that faith that needs to bring us together. This is no time to be driving god out of the public square.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt responded by saying we need God “more than ever” now.
Based on his extensive social media footprint and recent posts, Bowers — a virulent anti-Semite — had become extremely angry over the Central American migrant caravan making its way through Mexico, insisting Jews were funding the caravan of “invaders” to help destroy the country. In recent weeks, Fox News, conservative media and President Donald Trump have focused a ton of negative attention on the caravan, with the president baselessly claiming the caravan was full of “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners.”
Following Conway’s hit, a number of folks took issue with her framing of the tragedy:
Man. Kellyanne Conway suggests the white supremacist Pittsburgh synagogue massacre of Jews and the white supremacist Charleston massacre of Black people happened because of "the anti-religiosity in this country," as demonstrated by late-night comedians. https://t.co/9qa8JzQ4bx
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 29, 2018
Kellyanne Conway blaming an anti-Semitic massacre on people who think anti-discrimination laws should be enforced is a level of evil that is shocking even from this White House. https://t.co/0amr83vWqB
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) October 29, 2018
A Christian Identity White Supremacist murdered Jews because he was <checks notes> made anti-religious by late night comedians. https://t.co/b2jBgyfs4A
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) October 29, 2018
Next-level gaslighting. Like, neon-lighting. https://t.co/Z2SlylRQge
— ana scary time for young men cox (@anamariecox) October 29, 2018
Stephen Colbert is a devout Catholic, talks about his faith on the show in monologues and with guests, and teaches Sunday school. https://t.co/nBywr44hb2
— Dave Jorgenson 🗯 (@davejorgenson) October 29, 2018
— jamelle g-g-ghoulie 👻 (@jbouie) October 29, 2018
I don't really have the words to describe how offensive it is to take the deadliest attack on American Jews in the history of our country and try to make it about people keeping God out of the public square. https://t.co/PAxOhXeHYi
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 29, 2018
The problem is “anti-religiosity” not anti-Semitism?
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 29, 2018