Holocaust denier James Van Brunn blazed into the Holocaust Museum and started firing. A guard, Stephen Tyrone Johns, has been killed. Details will keep coming. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg called Mark Weber, the director of leading Holocaust denial organization in America, to ask him if he knew James Van Brunn. And to find out what he thought of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum.
Weber said that the shooting is a “terrible and stupid and criminal thing, and any reasonable person would condemn it.” He said he knew of Van Brunn because “people have sent me things from him, but that’s all I know about it.”
I asked him if his far-right organization, which sponsors conferences and magazines that deny key aspects of the Holocaust, has created an atmosphere in which white supremacists feel compelled to attack Jewish targets. He got angry and said “every movement and organization has insane people in it. What was this guy’s point? I can’t even figure that out.”
The trial of Scott Roeder is about to begin. Roeder, of course, on behalf of Jesus, killed Dr. Tiller because the doctor provided abortions.
Surely this is being noted elsehwere but: remember that homeland security report on right-wing terrorism that outraged the conservatives? Two right-wing inspired acts of terrorism in as many weeks. I’m excited for the apologies. Just as I’m excited to hear them apologize for inciting Tiller’s murder.
Two right-wing acts of terrorism in as many weeks. Have you noticed how those on the right worry about violence in hip-hop lyrics and video games lead to actual violence but actually calling for violence against people like Doc Tiller is the work of what Mark Weber calls the “insane people” who find a home in every organization?
UPDATE: Props to Fox News’ Shep Smith for calling out those on the right who got all frothed-up about that homeland security report warning of extremist acts of terror. Video here.