Not long ago, the National Rifle Association released a commercial titled, “The Violence of Lies.” The focus of the commercial was the violence that is apparent in leftist media outlets, political parties and surrogate organizations.
The script of the commercial (you can watch it here), narrated by NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, was straightforward:
[The Left uses] their media to assassinate real news, they use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and awards shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the “resistance,” all to make them march; make them protest and scream “racism” and “xenophobia” and “homophobia” [and] to smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, [and] bully and terrorize the law-abiding.
The violence of the Left was exemplified by the Bernie Sanders supporter who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on June 14. It was personified by leftists who attended Donald Trump rallies in 2016 with the goal of disrupting the rallies and/or attacking Trump supporters in attendance. Whether those Trump supporters were male or female mattered not—they were the objects of fists, profanity and, in some cases, food and drink.
For example, on June 3, 2016, Breitbart News reported that a female Trump supporter was held against a wall while eggs “and other objects” were thrown at her. (And I have not even mentioned the leftist slant clearly discernable in the reporting of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other go-to publications for liberals throughout the land.)
Given all the clear evidence of leftist violence—in both word and deed—how did the Left respond to the NRA’s commercial? Not surprisingly, it responded by going on the attack, rushing before cameras to declare themselves victims or accusing the NRA of endangering women or proposing that the NRA ad is riddled with racial overtones. The one thing the Left did not do was examine itself and ask, “Hey, is there any chance we have really let ourselves spin out of control to this degree?”
California’s Democrat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was one of the first to play the victim card. The Los Angeles Times quoted him saying he felt a “chill down [his] spine” when he watched the commercial. He went so far as to suggest the commercial was a call for people to target politicians with violence.
Think about that for just a second. The lieutenant governor of California—who is a hardcore leftist by any measure—suggested the NRA’s report on the violence of the Left is really a call for violence against other politicians. That is like suggesting that a parent’s warning against the danger of rattlesnakes is really a call for bears to attack the neighbor’s house; i.e., it’s incongruent, illogical and baseless.
The Women’s March (WM) had its part to say as well, suggesting the NRA’s report on the violence of the Left “appears to be a direct endorsement of violence against women.” In a letter reported by HuffPo, WM co-chair Tamika Mallory suggested the NRA’s description of leftist violence had racist overtones as well.
The Los Angeles Times fell right in line, suggesting the NRA’s commercial highlighting leftist violence was anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant, among other things.
Again, Newsom, the Women’s March, and the Los Angeles Times did not bother examining liberal positions and beliefs; at least not publicly. Nor did they ask if leftist political philosophy birthed or at least contributed to a Bernie Sanders supporter opening fire on Republican Congressmen, angry leftists holding a female Trump supporter against a wall and pelting her with eggs, or the New York Times and Los Angeles Times regularly laying down cover for a subversion of our Constitution via gun control.
Instead, they all played the victim card or accused the NRA of being racist or anti-women—all three of which are among the Left’s most common responses to accusers who have hit the nail right on the head.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.