What if the El Paso Shooter’s “Manifesto” wasn’t Written by the Shooter?

Update: So allegedly, Crusius has admitted to not liking Latinos very much and did claim to target them in the Walmart shooting. Police are still saying they “think” he wrote the manifesto, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed (though his ideas do seem consistent). If he did write the manifesto, all I can say is it’s too bad he didn’t follow through and blow his own head off (the taxpayer relief shot). But 8chan was still deplatformed for giving the manifesto a “voice”. Tarring and feathering everyone with contact to a crazed loon – no matter how incidental – is still an affront to our system of free expression. The media still jumped to conclusions, especially when it comes to blaming Trump for Crusisus’ actions (but not AOC or Liz Warren for Connor Betts). Your government doesn’t care about protecting you, they use these events solely for the purpose of demonizing their opponents and concocting excuses to deprive you of liberty. Hey, I got an idea – lets take cars away from everyone because some people drive drunk!

But 8chan was still deplatformed for giving the manifesto a “voice”. Tarring and feathering everyone with contact to a crazed loon – no matter how incidental – is still an affront to our system of free expression. The media still jumped to conclusions, especially when it comes to blaming Trump for Crusisus’ actions (but not AOC or Liz Warren for Connor Betts). Your government doesn’t care about protecting you, they use these events solely for the purpose of demonizing their opponents and concocting excuses to deprive you of liberty. Hey, I got an idea – lets take cars away from everyone because some people drive drunk!

The providence of the El Paso shooter’s now infamous “manifesto” has always been pretty suspect. It was initially reported to have been posted on 8chan by the shooter himself (allegedly, Patrick Crusius). But according to 8chan owner Jim Watkins, the “manifesto” was posted by another individual (not the shooter) from another post on Instagram.

So do we definitively know the shooter posted his alleged “manifesto” to Instagram? Have we found that original post? Was that post posted from elsewhere by yet someone else? So how do we know Patrick Crusius even wrote the rabidly anti-immigrant “manifesto”?

We don’t – at least not yet. Regardless, the media talking heads and many politicians were quick to use it as “evidence” that the Walmart shooting in El Paso was:

  • Motivated by “xenophobia” and “racism”, and thus
  • All Trump’s fault

In the end, we may find out that Mr. Crusius did indeed write the manifesto, but what happens if it turns out to be another trolling hoax? My prediction in that case: it will be flushed down the memory hole, but the accusations will nonetheless stick, just like the “Fine People Hoax“.

Good policy and problem solving have NEVER emerged from jumping the shark and pointing fingers before all the facts are available (and generally not afterwards either). But it DOES make for really, really effective weaponized politics.

One final observation: has anyone else noticed that most of the media are focusing primarily on the specifics of the El Paso shooting, and only on the generalities of the Dayton shooting? I think that’s because the motivations of the Dayton shooter are far more clear (absent the reliability of the El Paso “manifesto”) – and those motivations were decidedly pro-Antifa and anti-Trump. Therefore, the specifics of the Dayton shooter’s motivations don’t fit the preferred narrative, and thus, shall be largely ignored.

It’s a helluva world we live in, no?

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