After an hour of swirling terror, the two-mile wide twister in Moore, Oklahoma flattened homes and businesses while children were trapped in wreckage where an hour before they sat at their desks. The images were excruciating to watch: Dazed, drenched mothers in the shadow of their destroyed homes; a father and son digging through the rubble for a deceased victim; the elderly woman, in tears, searching for her dog.
Politics was the last thing on my mind. Frankly, it was the last thing on the minds of decent Americans everywhere—regardless of where they live and who they vote for. Yet, in the hate-mongering world of the far left, instead of empathy they smelled opportunity.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wasted no time. Scurrying to the Senate floor, he offered no condolences or prayers for the victims; instead he grabbed the microphone for a 15-minute diatribe:
“When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas…”
The bodies of seven children are still floating in muddy pools in the school basement and a United States senator exploits their deaths to push his climate change agenda. What a piece of work.
Oh, but that’s not all…
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” is a 52-year-old desperately trying to hang on to youthful relevancy. An archetypal media elitist, she regularly appears on MSNBC—surprise, surprise—and maligns the motives, intelligence and morality of anyone she deems unworthy. This past week on Twitter, for example, she insults Republicans, Ted Nugent, Christians, southerners, Donald Rumsfeld… Seeing a trend here?
So when a tornado hits Oklahoma, the reddest of Red states, it is simply too damn irresistible. Forty minutes after the devastation she Tweets:
A real side-splitter, aye? Hours after she was barraged by criticism, Winstead demurred and gave a “my bad” apology. Big of her. After all, this isn’t some flippant teen tweeting to her friends; this woman is a middle-aged television executive who certainly should have the wisdom—let alone decorum—to know that “joking” about a natural disaster is not classy.
But decency was not her goal and the reason is really quite simple. Along with the Senator, Winstead’s knee-jerk response reveals a deep bigotry toward conservatives. Left-wing zealots hate them. No matter what race, ethnicity or faith of the tornado victims, Oklahoma represents everything they despise; it was this visceral loathing that reared its ugly head at a particularly inopportune time.
For the victims—for all of us, really—it’s unfortunate that today’s leftist elites are blinded by intolerance. This tragedy isn’t about climate change legislation; it isn’t about mocking Middle-American values.
This is about the good citizens of Moore, Oklahoma who, as we speak, are burying their babies and beginning the arduous task of rebuilding their lives.