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Fox News host Steve Hilton lambasted the mainstream media and Democrats for using the Buffalo mass shooting to connect Republicans with racist white supremacists while probing viewers with tough questions about the potential social cause.
In the harrowing Saturday attack allegedly committed by 18-year-old Payton Gendron, 11 of the people shot at a Tops supermarket store were black and two were white, according to authorities. The gunman appeared to have very racist views, according to a manifesto he published briefly online before Google took it down.
“Everyone who loves America hates what happened in Buffalo…but should want to understand the reasons why [it happened],” Hilton said to open his “The Next Revolution” Sunday evening broadcast. “The murders are the responsibility of the individual…the gun didn’t do it. The internet didn’t do it. Cable news didn’t do it. The murderer did it. But…there is much more to it than that,” he added, preparing to unpack serious questions that need to be asked about the tragedy
Hilton continued asking the tough questions that few media personalities have been asking thus far.
“How did we get to a point where an 18-year-old kid is so consumed by hate…he’s determined to do something so evil? How did we end up with a system where — after being detained by police last year for threatening to carry out a school shooting — this twisted kid can buy a gun?” he asked.
“If we wish to prevent this kind of horror from repeating, then we must engage all these questions, in good faith,” Hilton said.
As usual, Hilton was not afraid to point out serious flaws in New York State’s existing laws as they stand currently.
“We hear all the time, demands for gun control,” he said. “People in charge can’t even operate the controls we have now properly.”
He continued by making observations about the response from Democrat leaders from New York.
“The governor of New York…patting herself on the back for her state’s tough gun laws, then blaming neighboring states for the shooting. But it was the state she ran that let a mentally disturbed kid, who was detained for threatening mass murder, buy a gun,” he said, referring to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
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Hilton, indeed, made a solid point with his blunt criticism that bureaucrats are always willing to pass the blame, demand more power and call for new laws, but rarely accept responsibility directly for their own local laws and ability to control their crime rates, which are escalating in New York right now.
“I hope the media digs into the existing systems, run by these people, and holds them accountable,” Hilton said.
Naturally, Democrats in New York and the White House were quick to politicize the tragic event, painting a bleak, unfair picture of conservative voters…almost attempting to tie them to the murderer’s extremist ideology directly.
“Just blame right-wing extremism and white supremacy,” Hilton said, with a burst of sarcasm before navigating his way to showcasing the leftist hypocrisy on these levels.
“They don’t talk about left-wing extremism when you see antisemitism at the highest levels of the Democratic Party…and I see anti-Asian hate regularly lumped in with this white supremacy, even when the perpetrators are black,” he said.
Of course, the vast majority of Republicans, conservatives, and Trump supporters are repulsed by this shooting, according to Hilton, and he made clear he feels it is not fair to compare all right-leaning Americans — what amounts to half the country — as repugnant as this young man’s murderous ideology.
“It is obviously disgusting…but think about your reaction. If this was an Islam attack, driven by radical Islam ideology, we would be looking for a law enforcement response, yes, but also asking where was this terrorist radicalized. How can we stop it [from happening again], and we need to do that now for this ideology of hate,” he said.
Hilton didn’t hesitate to shine a light on social media, asserting that the suspect listed “a bunch of websites where he was radicalized online” in his manifesto, and called for accountability from the platforms.
The Fox News host concluded his blunt monologue with a call to action in the wake of the “awful consequences now of a broken society.”
“This whole story is a lot more complicated than blaming your political opponents,” he said.
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