In this excellent clip from last night’s RealTime with Bill Maher, Col. Laurence Wilkerson (ret.) tears into Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for having the outrageous nerve to blame President Obama for the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. McCain attempted to twist the narrative into a condemnation of President Obama’s “weak” foreign policy and placed the blame for the rise of the Islamic State (which rests with McCain, George W. Bush, and the Republican neo-conservative establishment that bullied our nation into invading Iraq in 2003) on Obama’s refusal to get our nation bogged down in another expensive occupation and deployment overseas.
That assertion is, of course, so ridiculous it borders on insanity, and McCain walked back his comments a few hours later. But Wilkerson wouldn’t let him off the hook, and instead placed the blame for the massacre where it belongs – with the NRA and the Republican Party:
“I own 14 weapons. I’ve owned weapons since I was 12 years old. I’ve hunted since I was 12 years old, with my father, and my brothers. We do not need large-capacity magazine, semi-automatic weapons in the hands of anybody in this country other than possibly law enforcement.[Sen.] John McCain (R-AZ) made an egregious statement, he withdrew it, but he made an egregious statement, that said that Barack Obama was responsible for Orlando. If anybody is directly responsible for Orlando, it’s the Republican Party for stymieing all manner of gun control.”
He’s absolutely right. We cannot allow the right-wing to rewrite the narrative of this attack. This was not Islamic terrorism – this was an anti-LGBT mass shooting, enabled and sponsors by the blood profiteers at the NRA and the Republican Party.
Watch it here:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.