Denver shooting suspect should give this GOP senator a break

The suspect, according to police, is behind Monday’s deadly shooting in Denver.

While the suspect did not name any specific lawmakers as inspiration, these similarities should come as no surprise to anyone.

Lyndon McLeod, 47, is suspected of killing five people and injuring at least three more during the Monday holiday. He is also believed to have previously (and under a pseudonym) authored a series of books describing a man with a similar name murdering people with the same names as the real victims of this week’s shooting. McLeod is also said to have shared violently misogynistic views on his social media accounts which build on the conservatives’ fear of losing men’s rights and attacks on “masculinity”.

“McLeod’s own Twitter account – which has been inactive since June 2020 – provides a disturbing glimpse into the shooting suspect’s extremist ideologies,” Newsweek reported, “from glorification of ‘honor violence’ to his fixation on female chastity. ”

In a message allegedly written by McLeod, he issued a warning on behalf of aggressive white men. “Aggressive white men ARE violent and will be more violent because they are made useless by a country that HATES them,” he tweeted, also according to Newsweek. “Their limbic system is in revolt against the modern world. War is coming. “

In a post allegedly written by McLeod, he issued a warning on behalf of aggressive white men.

“Yeah, I’m a jerk,” read another tweet. “I have high testosterone and low patience. I have participated in more street fights than you have teeth. I was arrested for weapons offenses. I had 3 of them. women in bed at once. I’m Aggro like f — man. ”

These kinds of pathetic performances of pseudo-masculinity have previously been linked to violence, from Denver. in Tallahassee, Florida, in Isla Vista, California.

But he doesn’t spit hatred into the void. Speaking on ‘masculinity’ in October, Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Said, ‘The left is telling America and its men, you are evil. You are terrible. You must apologize and submit to your masters of government to be reformed.

Hawley spoke of so-called “male virtues” throughout his speech, and he listed aggression among them. He then doubled down on his remarks in a follow-up interview with Axios.

“I think what the left is doing is attacking America,” he said.

This type of rhetoric drives extremists across America. And allegations of a left-wing “attack” could certainly be seen as a call to arms, even if lawmakers could publicly disagree.

Likewise, inflammatory rhetoric, mixed with racial prejudice, has also apparently motivated past massacres. The 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas targeted Latinos, drawing comparisons to former President Donald Trump’s claim that the United States was overrun from the southern border. The 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting was carried out by a killer who spread anti-Semitic rhetoric on conservative social media site Gab.

We know that repressive Conservative rhetoric can inspire killers. All that’s left are people who oppose it, and people like Hawley, who seem too enthralled with his ability to piss off the base to care.

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