Many in the far-right infotainment industry were likely devastated to learn that the shooter who took twelve lives before being gunned down, Aaron Alexis, was not of Middle Eastern descent.
Fortunately for them, he was black, therefore enabling the worst of them to once again accuse President Obama of trying to instigate a race war.
Unsurprisingly, Erik Rush, who has invented some of the craziest conspiracy theories in existence, was one of the first to do so, arguing in his latest column that Alexis may have been a "race warrior."
Given all of the data, one cannot help but factor in the alleged racism Alexis claimed to have suffered as a possible contributing factor in the shootings," he writes. "The racial climate in America has been deliberately poisoned in recent years by the self-serving machinations of the political left, career civil rights activists and the Obama administration in particular. This has led to a near-epidemic in black-on-white crime, one which goes wholly unreported by the establishment press. Might this contrived, institutional advancement of racial tension have contributed to the rage and instability of a man who already felt disaffected due to his race?"
Back in reality, the only thing Obama has done to poison the racial climate is continue to be black. Blaming him for the overt racism of the Tea Party would be like blaming this column and its readers for Erik Rush's psychosis.
"That sense of entitlement and tendency toward feeling disrespected among black Americans is part and parcel of the worldview spoon-fed to blacks by the political left," he continued. "It is a common theme and corrosive thread that has run through the left's racial narrative for decades. Indeed, this has been employed in order to entice blacks into political allegiance with the left, in keeping them in socioeconomic thralldom and – more recently – in re-igniting the bitterness and militancy radical black activists displayed during the Civil Rights Movement.
"Was racial hatred the prime motivator for Aaron Alexis' heinous attack this week, a factor, or a non-issue? While it is altogether possible that his were the actions of an individual with a psyche disintegrating so rapidly that even he may not have fully understood why he acted as he did, failing to consider race in light of the current political and social landscape would be imprudent indeed."
The only thing Rush has correct is that it would be imprudent not to consider race, especially given his own unrestrained eagerness to try and exploit it.