So what is the "most effective" response to a jihadist madman shooting over a hundred people in a gay nightclub while pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and decrying the "filthy ways of the west"? While one might be tempted to answer destroying the barbaric group who is spreading its radical, murderous ideology or redoubling our efforts to more effectively single out potentially radicalized "lone wolves," Attorney General Loretta Lynch has a better response: it's "compassion, it's unity and it's love."
Lynch, who notoriously stated to a group of Islamic activists that her "greatest fear" was the rise of Islamophobia, told reporters Tuesday that while her department was still trying to determine what exactly was Omar Mateen's motive for murdering 49 people and wounding 53 at the Pulse nightclub, his motive wasn't ultimately that important because the best response to terror is always "love."
"Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love."
"To the LGBT community — we stand with you," Lynch said. "The good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love. We stand with you today because we grieve together, and long after the cameras are gone will continue to stand with you as we grow together in commitment and solidarity and in equality."
Continuing to do her part to further the administration's deliberate and orchestrated attempt to scrub radical Islam from the massacre, Lynch ascribed the vaguest of motives to the attack: "hatred."
"The message of Orlando is a message of determination to remove hatred, to remove intolerance from our midst," she said.
She also announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would be getting an infusion of $1 million in emergency funds to be used to pay overtime costs and other expenses associated with the handling of the radical Islamic terrorist attack.
"The message of Orlando is a message of determination to remove hatred, to remove intolerance from our midst."
Lynch has had a very bad week. On the talking head shows Sunday she announced that her Department of Justice was going to be releasing the transcripts from Mateen's 911 call on Monday, but with one little change: any reference to Islam, Allah, and ISIS would be edited out. After massive pushback for the Orwellian, the DOJ and FBI relented and released the unedited version to Lynch's humiliation.
Protecting Islam appears to be a major focus of the U.S. Attorney General. Back in December, Lynch made headlines when she told a group of Muslim activists that her "greatest fear" was the "incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric" and vowed to prosecute those whose anti-Muslim statements "edged toward violence." After her statement generated widespread outrage and alarm, Lynch was forced to explain herself a few days later, assuring the public that her department would only prosecute "deeds not words."