• Democratic Rep Blames Fox News ‘Hate Speech’ For Charleston Shooting

    Democratic South Carolina state legislator Todd Rutherford attributed the “nationwide rhetoric” that is presented on the Fox News Channel to the reason why Dylan Storm Roof massacred nine people at a Charleston church on Wednesday night.

    “The problem is this, the rhetoric in South Carolina, the rhetoric nationwide has led people to believe—like this young man—that it’s okay to walk into a church and take nine lives. That it’s okay to take the life of a state senator,”Rutherford, a friend of one of Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was killed in the shooting, told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

    “Tell me what you mean sir, when you say that the ‘rhetoric nationwide’ has had this impact on this twisted racist maniac who made this act, what rhetoric are you taking about?” Tapper pressed.

    Rutherford referred to networks using “coded language” before calling out one network in particular:

    South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a hate crimes law. South Carolina is the only state that I am aware of that still flies the Confederate Flag in front of the State House Dome. South Carolina represents and is emblematic of the problem, which is words that come from these networks that broadcast news but it’s not, it’s really hate speech and coded language and leads people to believe that they can walk into a church because it’s no longer a house of God, it’s a killing ground, it’s a place that they can feel free to desecrate and leave blood everywhere and that’s what this young man did.

    And he did so based on some ill-gotten belief, on some wrong belief, that it’s okay to do that. He hear’s that because he watches the news and he watches things like Fox News, where they talk about things that they call news but they are really not. They use that coded language, they use hate speech. They talk about the president as if he is not the president, they talk about church goers as if they are not really church goers. And that is what this young man acted on. That’s why you can walk into a church and treat people like animals when they are really human beings.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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