As Twitchy reported earlier, Dana Loesch took apart White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s argument that the rise in crime across the nation can be blamed on a lack of gun control (and also the lifting of COVID restrictions — violent criminals don’t have to wear masks anymore). Andrew Sullivan was watching the same clip, and he had another interesting takeaway: note how Psaki consistently refers to crime as “local violence” or “community violence.”
What interests me is the language. She won’t use the term “crime”. It’s now “community violence.” And committed by guns, not people with guns. Clowns. https://t.co/paKjCWg8A2
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) May 24, 2021
This actually reminds us of things like the Black Lives Matter movement, which argues that it’s a characteristic of “whiteness” to emphasize the individual over the community. They want to defund the police and trust their defense to “community policing.”
"Community violence" deserves to become immortal like "wardrobe malfunction."
— Paul Graham (@paulg) May 24, 2021
Everything sounds better when you put "community" in front of it.
— Chris Kieser (@ckieser13) May 24, 2021
Everything sounds more progressive when you put “community” in front of it.
Word smithing to ease the delivery of Biden's "police reform"…transitioning to "community policing" to deal with "community problems", defined by the "community"….
— FedUpAustinite, Esq. (@CentsSocial) May 24, 2021
Community Violence is a pretty funny term when you really start to think about it. The community just gets together for some good old violence.
— Caerus (@Caerus) May 24, 2021
The language manipulation is incredibly deceptive. Fortunately, I think most people see right through it.
— Piping Hot Centrist Takes (@CentristLogic) May 24, 2021
It is so incredibly guarded and cautious.
— Mark Harrison (@meh130) May 24, 2021
that was 'speech violence'.
— kingcambie (@kingcambie) May 24, 2021
Community violence = infrastructure
— David K (@DKfins) May 24, 2021
Mostly peaceful community violence.
Community infrastructure violence.
Undocumented community violence.
Bipartisan community violence.
— Following the Science SlothB77 (@ScottySols) May 24, 2021
Sign of a manipulative fraud.
— NoMotto @lpha (@StAlpha1907) May 24, 2021
— Ricardo Martins 🇵🇹 (@r_h_martins) May 24, 2021
What’s the next level past “community”? Is it “artisanal”? “Organic”?
— larmanius (@larmanius) May 24, 2021
Crime is down or steady in most cities. It’s fun violence that’s up.
— Late-life activist (@Stuwaldman1) May 24, 2021
I’d like to see it compared to “individual violence”. —Tonight at 8: 12 people rob themselves at gunpoint in a bizarre spree of individual violence that appears to be sweeping the nation.—
— Jave Galt-Miller (@PelopsWar) May 24, 2021
“Crime” does sound kind of racist.
— Jeremy Stamper (@jeremymstamper) May 24, 2021
They certainly don’t talk much about the crime bill that Joe Biden authored.
Full blown cultural-Marxism. The intentional degradation of language is to completely reshape the public discourse, and slant it further and further from reality.
— Art Vandelay (Importer/Exporter) (@LJS527) May 24, 2021
They've really perfected their craft
— NotAnAccount (@NotAnAc22800348) May 24, 2021
It is pretty interesting that the left is happy to blame the police for crime, but not the criminals who I guess must be forced by an oppressive society to commit them.
— FiveStdDev (@FiveStdDev) May 24, 2021
When a mass shooting gets national coverage
Democrats: gun crime is an epidemic. We need national gun regulations.
When gun homicides increase in primarily Blue cities
Democrats: this local violence is a community violence problem. But also we need national gun regulations.
— AllsWellThatOrwells (@AOrwells) May 24, 2021
Everything is a collective system and not a problem with individuals.
— movesnotmovies (@MovesNotMovies) May 24, 2021
Yep … you could almost say it’s “systemic” and that the whole system has to be torn down and rebuilt.
Everything with the left is about the collective. Individual rights & responsibility is not a factor. So instead of criminals we have “community violence.”
If every problem is a collective problem, every solution is a collective, ie government, solution.
— Alaskan Groucho (@AlaskanGroucho) May 24, 2021
Don’t believe for a minute that there’s not a reason the administration is now using terms like “community violence.”
"Clowns" is way too nice a way to put this.
— LucasD (@TemarcWinter) May 24, 2021
Dana Loesch obliterates Jen Psaki’s attempt to blame crime surge in US cities on lack of gun control https://t.co/7rctiborRC
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 24, 2021