Why do so many Democrats embrace hate speech?

Many on the left, in the minutes following the tragic shootings in New Zealand, raced to blame President Donald J. Trump as motivating the killer. It is truly a despicable act to use a tragedy for political gain, yet this is an all-too-common tactic for many on the political left.

The appalling act of politicizing a mass shooting should have been denounced in the media, and cooler heads should have called for all the facts to be considered before any fingers were pointed. The opposite happened after this shooting. Many in the media encouraged this type of conjecture and “fake news.” This type of finger-pointing, and the hate speech directed toward Trump supporters, is creating a dangerous situation in which it has become acceptable to be nasty and hateful toward the tens of millions of Trump supporters in America.

This is a common trick by the left to attempt to tie hate speech to the president and his supporters as a means to demean and taint them. Don’t be mistaken: This is a coordinated campaign by the left to see if it can convince Americans that the Republican Party is evil and unworthy of support. You can’t go one day without hearing a Republican being called a “racist.” This is contemptible and should stop.

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The left wants you to believe that every single bad thing that happens in the world is a result of the rhetoric of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE. The Hill reported on March 17 that “a range of Democrats — including Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (Mich.) and Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineLawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate MORE (Va.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors 2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings MORE (Minn.) — were critical of Trump.” Remember that Rep. Tlaib celebrated her victory to Congress by showing up at a left-wing event and yelled to her assembled supporters that “we’re gonna impeach the motherf---er!” This extremist new member of Congress is comfortable describing Trump as racially insensitive, and using foul language to call for his removal. Rep. Tlaib is a case study in hatred of President Trump, and somebody who is not afraid to use a mass killing to trash him.

On the other hand, conservatives don’t run out and blame Democrats whenever a Democratic activist commits an act of terror or targets prominent Republican politicians. White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump George Conway accuses Trump of being a 'sociopath' MORE hit the nail on the head when she made this point, as reported in Politico: “Conway compared the most recent mass shooting to when Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Kinzinger challenges Trump's defense chief on Syria in closed-door meeting MORE (R-La.) was shot at a congressional baseball practice in 2017, which Conway called ‘the worst day’ of the administration’s first year in the White House. ‘We didn't run around saying, “Gee, the guy watches MSNBC or he’s Bernie supporter,’” Conway said. “‘Nobody should do that. Nobody should blame folks other than the evil, hateful shooter.’” Yet, too many of those on the left do not play by the same rules, and the media gives them license to appear on cable TV and blame Republicans for a hate crime in New Zealand.

The double standard is outrageous, because Republicans are held to a different standard than are Democrats.

Can you imagine what would happen if a Republican governor admitted to wearing blackface, or dancing like a prominent black figure to mock that person? That governor would be run out of office in a matter of minutes; that same rule clearly does not apply to Democrats.

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The Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, not only admitted to wearing blackface while dancing like Michael Jackson, he admitted to appearing in an offensive picture in his medical-school yearbook that showed one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.  The New York Times reported on Feb. 1 that “Virginia’s governor acknowledged on Friday that he was photographed more than 30 years ago in a costume that was ‘clearly racist and offensive’ — admitting that he had dressed either as a member of the Ku Klux Klan or in blackface — but resisted a flood of calls for his resignation from national and state Democrats.”  The governor later claimed he was not in the photo while admitting to the other act, which was equally offensive toward African Americans. The rules of racist behavior clearly don’t apply when you are a Democrat.

The Democratic Party and voices on the left need to dial back their hate speech. Their actions have led to people wearing “Make America Great Again” caps being kicked out of bars and restaurants for showing support for the president of the United States. We hear much talk about tolerance and civility from the left — yet, they only want to practice those ideas on people with whom they agree.

The only person to blame for the mass shooting in New Zealand is the deranged person who committed the act. Democrats should not be allowed by the media to use that or any other tragedy for political advantage.

Corey R. Lewandowski is President Trump’s former campaign manager and co-host of the podcast “Deep in the Swamp.” He is a senior adviser to the Great America Committee, Vice President Mike Pence's political action committee. He is co-author with David Bossie of the new book, “Trump’s Enemies,” and of “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.” Follow him on Twitter @CLewandowski_.