Far-left actress and activist Bette Midler suggested that President Donald Trump is inciting murderous gunmen to do his “dirty work” in an all-caps tweet referencing the heinous El Paso shooter, who took 22 lives and injured dozens more.
“REMEMBER WHEN #DonaldTrump SAID HE COULD SHOOT SOMEONE ON FIFTH AVENUE AND GET AWAY WITH IT?” Midler asked her 1.7 million Twitter followers. “WELL, HE DIDN’T SHOOT SOMEONE HIMSELF, BUT HE INCITED OTHERS TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK FOR HIM, AS HE HAS DONE HIS WHOLE LIFE.”
REMEMBER WHEN #DonaldTrump SAID HE COULD SHOOT SOMEONE ON FIFTH AVENUE AND GET AWAY WITH IT? WELL, HE DIDN’T SHOOT SOMEONE HIMSELF, BUT HE INCITED OTHERS TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK FOR HIM, AS HE HAS DONE HIS WHOLE LIFE.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 8, 2019
President Trump made the referenced remark during a 2016 rally at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. While many said it was a poor choice of words, it was not a call to violence, as Trump’s critics — such as Midler — seem to suggest. Rather, Trump was making a quip about the loyalty of his base.
Left-wing celebrities and politicians have glommed onto a manifesto attributed to the El Paso shooter, which detailed the gunman’s anti-immigration views and mentioned the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” However, the author of the manifesto — thought to be the 21-year-old gunman — wrote that his twisted ideas predated Trump. Nonetheless, the shooter did not hold Trump’s views, as Trump has never called for violence or expressed racist hatred for foreigners. Still, the left has conflated the president’s desire for basic border security measures with “hate,” thus blaming Trump for the shooter’s actions.