For almost a decade, bottom-feeders on both the left and the right have insisted that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a giant hoax. Supposedly, nobody really died on that horrific day in December 2012, and the kids and their families are “crisis actors” trained to pose as victims. Sadly, we may be seeing a repeat of this hokum. Some right-wing kooks have suggested that George Floyd didn’t really die when a Minneapolis cop planted his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.
Floyd was laid to rest on Tuesday at a private funeral in his hometown of Houston. However, less than 24 hours before the funeral, far-right pastor and podcaster Dave Daubenmire openly wondered whether Floyd’s body was really the one in the casket.
Daubenmire tore into a pastor for making the “blasphemous” suggestion that Floyd would still be alive had he been white. He then mused that Floyd might still be alive.
I don’t even know if he’s dead. Closed casket. Today he’s going to have this third or fourth funeral. Has anybody seen the body? Has anybody seen the body of George Floyd?
Believe it or not, this sort of talk has been floating around the deplorable tubes for some time. Here’s a sample from Twitter.
Lest you dismiss this as just the rantings from the most deplorable of the deplorables, this sort of talk has made its way into supposedly more respectable conservative circles. Last week, Cynthia Brehm, the chairwoman of the Bexar County, Texas Republican Party (San Antonio), mused that Floyd’s death was a “staged event” intended to stir up opposition to Donald Trump.
Even for a state GOP that has become thoroughly Trumpified over the years, this was far too much. Watch coverage of the backlash from KENS in San Antonio here.
Republican officials all the way up to Governor Greg Abbott called for Brehm to resign.
In response, Brehm told KSAT-TV in San Antonio that she was just passing on a link from a friend. Watch here.
Brehm said that a friend who happens to be a publisher in eastern San Antonio said that she and several of her friends had seen “irregularities” in the video of Floyd’s death. They wanted their findings to go viral. Brehm went along, even though she claimed not to agree with it. However, in the face of severe backlash, she deleted it and says that in hindsight, she shouldn’t have passed it on.
You’ll have to pardon us for being skeptical, Cynthia. After all, county party leaders should know better than to peddle this kind of claptrap. If you even thought it was okay to hit the share button, it’s only fair to wonder if your compass is as warped as that of Daubenmire.
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