Even after details came out about the Capital Gazette gunman in Annapolis, MD, Thursday evening, that it was reportedly a personal grudge against the paper dating back years, many in the media were doing their best to stretch and somehow still blame Trump for his actions.
You know if you’re looking for any mention of Trump on an account that has not been verified as the gunman’s that you’ve gone overboard in your quest to link Trump to the tragedy. Like what ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum did …
Shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos does appear to be a Trump supporter. Tweeted positively about a big Trump lawsuit against the media.
He also had sued The Capital and had a longstanding grudge against the paper. pic.twitter.com/8DyG7Lbvj5
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 29, 2018
He tweeted this in 2015.
And considering the story around Ramos at this point is that he had sued the paper for defamation (and lost) is it all that surprising that the account (which may or may not have been his) would tweet a story about a famous person filing a similar lawsuit?
This was no, ‘GOTCHA,’ Judd, sorry.
So we're at the point where a tweet from 2015 makes a politician culpable in a mass shooting but being an actual campaign worker for one and shooting up a baseball field doesn't.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 29, 2018
Sounds about right.
Crazy ain’t it?
That's the spirit.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 29, 2018
But who needs credibility right?https://t.co/4UZio3pKWQ
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) June 29, 2018
Silly, credibility is a social construct that evil white men use to oppress the little people or something.
The shooter had a 6 year feud going with the newspaper. Why are you pretending this has anything to do with Trump?
— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) June 29, 2018
Because that’s what his readers want.
Stop it. He had a long standing conflict with the newspaper that went back to like 2012. Tragic but what makes it even more tragic is that folks try to connect this to a political affiliation to score points.
— Emerson Keslar (@keslar_emerson) June 29, 2018
One Tweet from a few years ago addressing the Univision/Trump spat is what you use to make the claim that he was a "Trump supporter," yet a cursory search of his Twitter feed for other mentions of Trump shows nothing.
Does it hurt to be so full of sh*t?
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) June 29, 2018
No. He tweeted this too… You hack. He hated that paper.https://t.co/xZPvnAI8px
— Azzras (@KenTheDevilDog) June 29, 2018
Just an FYI, the account that supposedly belongs to Ramos has been suspended.
That's not tweeting positively about Trump, that's tweeting *negatively* about the Capital – which he hated.
That's some weak spin, Judd.
— Justin Walton (@JustinRWalton) June 29, 2018
But ‘A’ for effort.