This past week in America has been one to remember considering the open and blatant prejudice from the highest office in the land. In the span of 72 hours the American fabric has been split at the seams by three hate-filled crimes by three hate-filled criminals. Each one emboldened and empowered by their fearless leader to exact change.
On Wednesday, a Kentucky Kroger grocery store became the scene of a random shooting as white supremacist, Gregory Bush, targeted black people, killing two, before fleeing. He reportedly tried to enter a black church whose doors were locked before settling for the grocery store.
On Friday, police arrested the man, Cesar Sayoc, suspected of mailing pipe bombs to Donald Trump’s favorite targets of criticism. Like Bush, Sayoc openly railed against minorities and Democrats online.
The following morning a mass shooting occurred in a synagogue carried out by 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He too took to social media to express his disdain towards a group of people he felt were destroying the American dream. Bowers killed 11 people attending the Jewish service.
Three hate-filled crimes. Three hate-filled people. One America.
CNN alleges that the one thing these crimes have in common and share is hate. The cable news network deftly ignores the most glaring and obvious common denominator: they are white men. White men have created more acts of terror within the continental United States than any terrorist group including Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and more. Entitled, yet seemingly, endangered white men are the single greatest threat to American stability and prosperity. Mass shootings and killings are carried out predominantly by white males.
Self-proclaimed nationalist, Donald Trump, told reporters Saturday “It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country and frankly all over the world.”
It is a terrible thing and Donald Trump did not create this environment. He DID add fuel to the fire while stoking the flames with his oftentimes flippant rhetoric. His comments DO incite violence when he encourages punching protesters and body-slamming journalists.
Gregory Bush – Kentucky Kroger Shooting
Spurned on by his hate and patriotism, Bush traveled to Jeffersontown where he tried to enter First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown during a midweek service. According to the church administrator, Billy Williams, somewhere between eight and ten people were inside the church when Bush started pulling on the front doors, which alarmed a church member who was in the parking lot. The hate-filled nationalist gave up after 10 minutes of being denied his Dylann Roof moment and moved on to the Kroger grocery store.
Police say he fired multiple rounds at Maurice E. Stallard, and later struck Vickie Lee Jones multiple times in the parking lot. He is facing multiple counts of murder and wanton endangerment for his crime; police say they are still investigating his motive. After the shooting, he reportedly told a white bystander, “Whites don’t kill whites.”
Bush has an extensive violent history being accused of screaming profanities at his ex-wife and and threatening her in May 2009. He was convicted of domestic assault, which means it’s against federal law for him to own a gun.
An emergency protective order was taken out against Bush by an ex-girlfriend because she “feared for her life.” Eight years later, Bush was accused of threatening and screaming profanities at his ex-wife, which resulted in his domestic-assault conviction.
On Thursday, Bush was arraigned on two counts of murder and ten counts of wanton endangerment, and he is currently being held on $5 million bail.
At the same time as the Kroger shooting the nation was already being gripped by pipe bombs being mailed to top Democratic officials.
The first one was discovered Monday afternoon at the home of liberal campaign donor and billionaire George Soros. Wednesday morning, the Secret Service said two more had been found — one addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and another to former President Barack Obama.
Four more would be found before the end of the day — including one sent to CNN’s New York bureau, prompting the evacuation of the entire building, Time Warner Center.
On Friday came word of more packages, and then an arrest — a 56-year-old Florida man named Cesar Sayoc. Federal authorities said he mailed a total of 14 packages containing pipe bombs, none of which detonated, but all of which were real.
Sayoc made it publicly known his support of Trump and his worst inclinations. His white Dodge van was plastered with pro-Trump messages and stickers showing prominent liberals in cross hairs. A sticker reading “CNN Sucks” was also on the van.
On Oct. 26, US authorities charged Florida resident Cesar Sayoc with sending 13 explosive devices to prominent public figures, including former president Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. The internet immediately uncovered Sayoc’s social media accounts, which were promptly suspended.
The hate-filled Sayoc attacked the targets of his pipe bombs online before sending shipping his explosive mail. The targets were also favorite targets of Donald Trump whenever he speaks off the cuff. He targeted the Obamas, the Clintons, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, as well as Oprah Winfrey, former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. Sayoc also threatened members of the media, like New York Times reporter Sarah Jeong and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, where he tweeted a video of a python swallowing a human with the comment, “This one is for you MSNBC Andrea Mitchell.”
Bowers allegedly posted on Gab just prior to the synagogue shooting that he was fed up and ready to take back the reigns of America. He posted that he “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
And in he went into the Tree of Life synagogue killing 11 people while shouting anti-Semitic slurs. Six people were injured in the attack, but it left many more hurting. There were close to 100 people inside of the synagogue at the time of the attack. Bowers, a 46-year-old resident of Pittsburgh, was arrested at the scene.
“This is an absolute tragedy,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a tweet. “These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans.”
Social media posts targeting Jews that are believed to have come from Bowers are a focus of the investigation, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.