(PoliticalLookout.com)- Add White House press secretary Jen Psaki to the list of people who jumped to conclusions far too soon in the recent mass shooting at three massage parlors in Atlanta.
On Wednesday, Psaki was asked by reporters why President Joe Biden believed there was an increase in hate crimes that have been directed at Asians in America. Psaki responded by blaming former President Donald Trump and his rhetoric about COVID-19.
She specifically mentioned that Trump often referred to the coronavirus as the China Virus. Psaki said:
“I think there’s no question that some of the damaging rhetoric that we saw during the prior administration, blaming, you know, calling COVID, you know, the Wuhan Virus or other things, led to perceptions of the Asian-American community that are inaccurate, unfair, that have raised threatening, has elevated threats against Asian-Americans.”
Psaki did say that she didn’t believe Biden wanted to attribute a motive to the shootings. It certainly sounded like that’s exactly what she was doing with her response, though.
The press secretary isn’t alone in immediately jumping to conclusions that the suspect in the case, Robert Aaron Long, opened fire on three separate Asian massage parlors because he is racist. He murdered eight people on Tuesday night, six of whom were Asian and two of whom were white.
Police, though, say that Long not only admitted to the shootings, but said it had nothing to do with any hate toward Asians.
At a press conference held on Wednesday, the Atlanta police said:
“The suspect did take responsibility for the shootings. He said that early on, once we began the interviews with him. He claims, as the Chief said, this is still early, but he does claim that it was not racially motivated.
“He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places, and it’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate. Like we said, it’s still early on.”
Immediately following the shooting, many politicians came out to condemn the violence as hate crimes against the Asian-American community. Keisha Bottoms, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, said:
“Whether it is senseless violence that we’ve seen play out in our streets, or more targeted violence like we saw yesterday, a crime against any community is a crime against us all.”
Even Vice President Kamala Harris got in on the act, saying:
“The investigation is ongoing. We don’t know yet. We’re not clear about the motive. But I do want to say to our Asian-American community that we stand with you, and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people, but knowing the increasing level of hate crime against our Asian-American brothers and sisters, we also want to speak up in solidarity with them and acknowledge that none of us should ever be silent in the face of any kind of hate.”
So, Democrats basically jumped at the opportunity to attack Trump by leaping to the conclusion that the shooter must have targeted these people because they were Asians. Turns out, they were quite wrong.