Right-wing media figures reacted to the July 7 shooting attack of 12 Dallas police officers with unhinged conspiracy theories and racially charged rhetoric.
Twelve Officers Shot, Five Fatally, By Sniper During Dallas Demonstration Against Police Shootings
Sniper Fire Kills Five Police Officers, Injures Seven Others In Dallas. On July 7, sniper fire targeted police officers at a demonstration against police shootings in Dallas, TX, killing five and injuring seven others. President Barack Obama addressed the attack from Warsaw, Poland, saying, “There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement” and that “Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs, keeping people safe, during peaceful protests.” From The New York Times:
Snipers killed five Dallas police officers and wounded seven others, along with two civilians, during a demonstration on Thursday night against police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, the authorities said.
By morning, one suspect had been killed by the police, who used a robot-controlled bomb after extensive negotiations during a standoff in a garage in downtown Dallas at the El Centro community college. Three others were in custody.
“There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” President Obama told reporters Friday morning in Warsaw, where he was attending a NATO summit meeting, after speaking by phone with Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas.
Mr. Obama went on: “Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs, keeping people safe, during peaceful protests. These law enforcement officers were targeted, and nearly a dozen officers were shot. Five were killed. Other officers, and at least one civilian, were wounded. Some are in serious condition, and we are praying for their recovery.” [The New York Times, 7/8/16]
Right-Wing Media React With Unhinged Responses And Racist Attacks
Drudge Report: “Black Lives Kill.” On July 8, the Drudge Report featured a headline that read, “BLACK LIVES KILL”:
[Drudge Report Archives, 7/8/16]
NY Post Cover: “Civil War.” On July 8, the New York Post published images of police cars on its front page with the headline “CIVIL WAR.”
[New York Post, 7/8/16]
Alex Jones: Dallas Police Shootings Are Part Of A “Globalist, Leftist Takeover” Involving Obama, Clinton, Media Matters, And The United Nations. Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones claimed on a Facebook Live video that the Dallas police shootings were a “globalist, leftist takeover … a destabilization program, a civil war in the making,” orchestrated by Obama, Clinton, George Soros, Google and Media Matters. From the July 8 video:
ALEX JONES: They’ve left Facebook pages up for over a year that say kill Donald Trump that have hundreds of thousands of followers on it. They let The New York Times, the Daily Beast and everybody else you can imagine come out and say somebody needs to kill Donald Trump. They let Glenn Beck run around and say it. And that’s wrong.
You have free speech. But when you start saying, when you got a big audience, go out and kill somebody, that’s giving orders. And I’m going to tell the police something right now, because I know I’m not going to reach the idiot trendies and liberals and you know, folks living on trust funds who are communists, all these oxymorons. I’m gonna talk to you.
You know about the strong cities initiative, you know we’ve diagrammed the whole enemy globalist takeover, they’ve done it in other countries, they admit they’re doing it, this is not my opinion.
If you capitulate to the leftists and quote “reform yourselves” and bring them in to run your departments, you will be used as political oppressors – commissars, basically -- in the next phase you’ll be totally dishonored. And anybody that’s half decent will be phased out and then the departments will truly be hellish forces like they are in other centralized so-called utopias.
You’re being taken over, you’re being bullied, you’re being controlled, because you’re the front line of local government and the courts and the last vestiges of what we have as a chance to take our country back.
This is a globalist, leftist takeover. That’s what it is.
A destabilization program, a civil war in the making. It’s already here.
This is the beginnings of it. We’ve been trying to stop it. This is a United Nations, globalist program where they bring in the refugees, where they sue Sheriff Arpaio, where they run the departments, where they bully and intimidate you and even organize their thugs to shoot and kill you until you bow down and listen to Obama, and Hillary, and Jesse Jackson, and say you know what, you’re right, you’re right, we need to reform ourselves, we’ll do whatever you say, just call off the dogs.
If you do that, you have turned America over to the worst people on the planet, you must not capitulate to these terrorists, you must be aware of who they are, and juries and grand juries and the people have to go to the media, create our own media, and get the truth out about this takeover plan and the true enemies of this country: George Soros, and Obama and Hillary and the globalists that are orchestrating all of this and paying for it, Media Matters and all of ‘em, they need to be held accountable. [Facebook Live, 7/8/16]
Rush Limbaugh: Black Lives Matter Is “A Terrorist Group Committing Hate Crimes.” Radio host Rush Limbaugh told listeners that Black Lives Matter is “a terrorist group. They’re quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes.” From the July 8 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Black Lives Matter was just exactly who they are then as who they are today. They’re a terrorist group. They’re quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/8/16]
Radio Host Joe Walsh: “You Did This Obama. You Did This Liberals. You Did This #BLM.”
Radio Host Joe Walsh: “This Is Now War. Watch Out Obama. Watch Out Black Lives Matter Punks. Real America Is Coming After You.” In a tweet that has since been deleted, Walsh wrote, “Watch out Obama … Real America is coming after you”:
Stephen Miller: “Almost Like Romanticizing Professional Astroturfed Race Mongers For 3 Years Has Consequences.”
Milo Yiannopoulos: “Race-Baiting Social Justice Warriors Got The Action They Wanted.”