(Fox News) Numerous liberal journalists and pundits appeared to blame Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colo., for Saturday’s tragic mass shooting in Colorado.
Just after midnight, a gunman entered Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, and immediately opened fire on the crowd. At least five people were killed, and another 25 injured. Several patrons inside the club confronted the gunmen and were able to subdue him before he continued his rampage.
The suspect faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of a bias-motivated crime. Investigators as of Tuesday are still seeking a motive, yet prominent media figures had already decided a day earlier that Republican rhetoric surrounding the LGBTQ community was directly correlated with the attack.
“Words matter,” Goldberg said. “Words matter and people like Lauren Boebert who, you know, has been in the forefront of dissing LGBTQ+ people is now saying her prayers and thoughts go with the families. Well, they don’t really need your prayers and thoughts. They needed your votes. That’s what they needed.”
MSNBC made up a significant chunk of the coverage, drawing a line between a recent rise in hate crimes, the Colorado shooting, and the Republican Party.
NBC News senior reporter Ben Collins, during an appearance on “Morning Joe,” hoped that journalist would have a “come to Jesus moment” with regard to politically divisive rhetoric.
“Are we more afraid of being on Breitbart for saying that trans people deserve to be alive, or are we more afraid of the dead people? Because I’m more afraid of the dead people,” he said.
Collins also brought up a story, published by NBC News’ Maura Barrett, of one of the survivors of the shooting, who was ridiculed by their parents for being gay after coming home from the club. He said that the parents responded this way because such a perspective was viewed as an “acceptable response” by the Republican Party.
Brandy Zadrozny, a senior reporter who covers the internet, misinformation and politics for NBC News, claimed that there was a “one-to-one correlation” between violence, and harassment against LGBTQ members, as well as recent political rhetoric surrounding transgender rights, “gender-affirming care” for adolescents, and LGBTQ-focused books in schools.
While filling in for Ari Melber on “The Beat,” MSNBC host Katie Phang wondered how Americans can “curb” politicians who are condoning, spreading, and supporting “pure hate.” She also said that violence against LGBTQ Americans was being “legitimized” by politicians.
Responding to Phang, Maya Wiley, a former legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, said that Republicans “enable” violence and are spreading a “pandemic” of hate by vilifying transgender people, and creating the context for discrimination.
Chris Hayes made a similar observation during his show “All In,” when he admitted that while nobody is “responsible” for the shooting besides the shooter himself, ant-LGBTQ hysteria had created the “context” for the crime to take place.
During the extensive segment on the shooting, Hayes attempted to tie DeSantis’ signing of the Parental Rights in Education law, as well as concerns about transgender surgeries for children, to the attack. They panel also suggested Republicans are “grooming people for extremism” on social media, and government must crack down on social media companies that allow it.