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 TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE. The Hill reported on March 17 that “a range of Democrats — including Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens MORE (Mich.) and Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTexas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Texas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Democrats push to make national security a 2020 wedge issue MORE (Va.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' 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 ConwayBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Watchdog group launches petition to demand Kellyanne Conway resign for violating Hatch Act 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 ScaliseScalise: I'm glad the administration is taking aggressive cybersecurity action Scalise: I'm glad the administration is taking aggressive cybersecurity action The case for congressional pay raises 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_.