There’s victim blaming. Then there’s Christian conspiracist victim blaming.
Right-wing pundit and professional anti-Semite Rick Wiles reacted to the attempted kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by asking what she may have done to inspire the act of domestic terrorism.
I repeat: He didn’t blame the “militia” men who were later arrested. He blamed Whitmer for her own foiled kidnapping.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles blames Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the militia plot to kidnap her: "What are you doing that drives middle class, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens to think about kidnapping you?" pic.twitter.com/ZdHE150og5
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 9, 2020
… Governor Whitmer, who suffered a big political defeat last week when the Michigan Supreme Court said she didn’t have the powers that she thought she had.
So what happened today? She said that there was a militia plot to kidnap her. Now, I’ve got something to say to the governor: Did you at all stop and think, what are you doing that drives middle class, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens to think about kidnapping you?
What are you doing? Are your policies so extreme, so radical, that you’re pushing people over the line to say “We have to get that woman out of the governor’s office”?
First of all, those men are not “law-abiding.” The kidnapping bit gave that away.
Wiles entire rant is the equivalent of going up to a victim of sexual assault and asking, “Well, what were you wearing?” It’s not her fault.
I know this gets old, but if a bunch of Antifa or Black Lives Matter activists attempted the same sort of coup against a sitting Republican governor, in literally no part of the conservative media bubble would anyone rhetorically ask what the GOP leader might have done to deserve it. This is a question that you’ll only ever hear asked of liberal women.
Whitmer didn’t drive those men to commit a crime. They did that on their own. But Rick Wiles sure as hell knows how to drive people away from Christianity.
(via Right Wing Watch)