“Those who do not learn history are doomed to screw this up for the rest of us.”
— R. Doug Wicker
As I write this, El Paso, Texas, the 22nd largest city in the United States, is mourning, in shock, and attempting to return to a sense of normalcy. It’s going to be a long haul. Yes, Ursula and I are fine. We were grocery shopping at a westside El Paso Albertson’s when the word spread of this apparent right-wing terrorist attack.
Well get back to this terrorist attack later, but for now I’d like to list just some of the ways this wonderful city have been victimized since the elevation to the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Let us begin:
But let’s get something out of the way first. The alternative to a fact is fiction. And a fiction presented as fact is a lie. The crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993, some sixteen years before a border barrier was completed. The El Paso Times compiled the statistics, and this is a chart derived from those numbers:
You’ll note that violent crime in El Paso bottomed out in 2006, and actually went up slightly following completion of the wall in mid-2009. So, the president, trying desperately to rationalize a monument to himself along the southern border, chose to disparage El Paso as a den of violent crime, when in fact El Paso is routinely listed as one of the safest cities in the U.S., and has been since the late 1990s.
On February 11 of this year, the Trump Campaign held one of Donald Trump’s notoriously raucous and frequently racist MAGA rallies in El Paso. The itemized bill for the campaign’s expenses for that rally are presented below:
Note the invoice date, March 27, and the due date of April 26. In mid May, the city sent the Trump Campaign a dunning letter giving the already delinquent deadbeats thirty days to pay up or suffer the consequences of a 21% collection fee. That collection fee is now in effect, and the total now owed the city of El Paso is an astounding $569,204.63.
City officials still await so much as an acknowledgement that the money is owed.
On December 23 of last year, with no warning to civic leaders or local charities, 214 asylum seekers were dumped by the Trump Administration onto the streets of El Paso. And while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claimed this was but an oversight, we all know better. No such ‘oversight’ would have occurred in, say, a battleground state such as Florida, Nevada, or Arizona. This was a political decision to stick it to a largely Democrat supporting area. Similar releases occurred in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area, in a state that was won by Hillary Clinton with an 8.2% margin. Coincidence? I think not.
Yesterday, August 2, the Walmart Supercenter located adjacent the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso came under terrorist attack. The person arrested for the shooting claimed that a Romanian WASR-10 was the weapon he planned to use, and video footage seems to bear out that an AK-47-type weapon, which would include the WASR-10, was indeed used.
The suspect appears to have traveled from his residence in Allen, Texas. That’s a 650-mile/1,046-kilometer trip. Think about that for a moment. Why travel 650 miles when Allen is only 25 miles north of target-rich Dallas, a city considerably larger than El Paso, and a metro area many times larger when you take into account Fort Worth and surrounding communities.
When I heard this, I immediately suspected the reason even before we knew much about the suspect. So, what’s the answer? It’s this:
Assuming a populated target matches closely the demographics for El Paso, a random killer spraying bullets indiscriminately into a crowded store will discover that approximately 81% of his victims are Hispanic.
I managed, after some online detective work, to acquire a copy of the suspect’s ‘manifesto’, a hate-filled diatribe of racist views that uses much of the same language as President Donald J. Trump. I’m not going to post images of that screed, just as I’ve refused in this article to mention the name of the suspect lest he get some twisted satisfaction of having his name out there one more time. Instead, I’m going to select from this abhorrent white supremacist, anti-immigrant harangue those words and sentiments identical to those used frequently by President Trump.
Yes, the suspect takes to task both political parties, but his sentiments are almost word-for-word straight out of President Trump’s tweets and rallies. In his racist diatribe, the suspect took the following straight from the Donald J. Trump playbook of racist grievances:
Some additional quotes that show the sick mind of the suspect, but which do not directly tie with tweets or statements from President Trump:
And then, after all the direct evidence to the contrary, much of it presented above, we get this little disclaimer at the end attempting to absolve the president from responsibility:
Will this be a massive turning point in President Trump’s support? Not so much. Many still supporting the president do so fully aware that they are supporting someone who actively courts racists, white supremacists, white nationalists, and Neo-Nazis. We see evidence of that courtship on an almost weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. I do believe, however, as more comes out on the human piece of excrement who perpetrated this vicious terrorist attack, that just enough Texans may be swayed to potentially cost President Trump her 38 electoral votes, and with those electoral votes go any chance he may have for reelection. So, ironically, the outcome of this attack in ‘reliably red’ Texas may be 180º out from what the suspect intended. I also believe that, because of his repeated inability to criticize the president, Texas Senator John Cornyn may very well be vulnerable in his reelection bid next year.