Sometimes it feels like there are two different universes in which left and right respectively reside. Today is one of those days.
As I reported last night, an officer-involved shooting of a 16-year-old girl (initial reports were that she was 15) occurred in Columbus, OH. Upon release of the body-cam footage, it became clear that the officer acted appropriately, only firing when Ma’Khia Bryant went to stab another girl she was in an altercation with.
Immediately, rumors that Bryant was unarmed or that police didn’t warn her became prominent on social media. Protest crowds gathered and the hot takes started to flow about how the officer should have tased her or tackled her.
Now, the White House is getting in on the act. Joe Biden released a statement that I can only describe as absolutely disgusting.
“She had a knife,” the officer who shot Bryant said in the body camera video. “She just ran at her.”
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) April 21, 2021
This shooting has nothing to do with race. There is not a single piece of evidence to support such an assertion nor would it make any sense anyway. The police were called to the scene and presented with a deadly weapon. This wasn’t some setup to hunt black people.
Yet, Biden (or better yet, his handlers) highlight race and supposed “police violence” while ignoring that this was a justified shooting of someone who was attempting to murder another, unarmed girl. It doesn’t get much more clear-cut than this, but if you read the statement, you’d get the impression a racist white cop went and shot a black, teenage girl out of racial malice.
It’s hard to put into words how gross and dangerous that is. It propagates a clearly false narrative about the shooting while inciting more violence and unrest. Disinformation is already rampant surrounding the incident in question. We didn’t need Joe Biden adding to that.
Jen Psaki was asked about this today and she doubled down.
The Biden Administration immediately & without evidence tied the Columbus police officer's decision to shoot one black girl attacking another black girl with a knife to racism.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 21, 2021
Again, two separate universes. What does implicit bias have to do with a cop discharging his weapon to stop someone from stabbing another person? Is the suggestion that the officer would have not acted and allowed the stabbing to happen if the aggressor was white? Nothing of what Psaki says makes sense, but as I’ve said many times before, it’s not meant to make sense. It’s meant to push a narrative, and she knows she won’t be called on it.
At this point, what other conclusion am I to draw except that Democrats and their media allies want racial unrest?