Liberals claim comments by former President Donald Trump caused the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol – which some of them also assert was an attempted “insurrection” intended to overthrow the federal government.
If that’s how this works, do we now hold President Joe Biden responsible for the murder of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson?
The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that a North Dakota man admitted to running over Ellingson because he was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Ellingson later died from his injuries.
The suspect, Shannon Brandt, reportedly called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to say he had mowed down Ellingson in an alley with his SUV. Brandt faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
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Ellingson had participated in what police described as a community “street dance.” Brandt then told the cops that he had a “political argument” with Ellingson. It’s unclear what started the argument.
Brandt, whose blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, also told police that he was afraid for his life because Ellingson supposedly made a phone call and Brandt thought he was rallying people “to come get him.”
Instead, Ellingson had called his mother twice to describe the encounter and to ask her to come pick him up. The victim reportedly told his mother that someone was chasing him. He also asked her if she knew Brandt, which she did, although the nature of the relationship is unclear.
Townhall.com columnist Mia Cathell noted on Twitter Wednesday that Brandt posted $50,000 bail and had been released Tuesday. She also reported that Brandt began deleting his social media activity.
As for Brandt’s claim, no evidence has emerged to connect Ellingson to the unspecified Republican “extremist group.”
Ellingson’s death comes less than three weeks after Biden’s angry, divisive speech in Philadelphia in which he demonized “MAGA Republicans” as “a threat to the very soul of this country,” and added that conservatives “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our Republic.” That came after Biden had called Republicans “semi-fascists.”
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Democratic politicians and liberal pundits have echoed Biden, who has used the “Republicans are extremists” talking point since taking office.
Even first lady Jill Biden got in on the act, saying at a Los Angeles fundraiser last Friday that GOP “extremists” in Congress were refusing to support her husband’s radical left-wing agenda, and are “letting down all Americans, including millions of Republicans.”