Capitalizing on Tragedy
The Right's Use of Children's Deaths to Smear Their Enemies
Valentines Day this year came and left leaving behind great pain for anyone who has the capability of feeling. At the time of writing, 17 young lives have been lost at the hands of a violent young man. That's 17 families that will never again have the chance to hug their child, to kiss them, or to tell them that they love them. For the trolls of 4chan and the right wing of American politics, however, tragedy is not a time of mourning and reflection, it is simply a time of new opportunity for them to use the deaths of children in a pathetic and transparent attempt to smear their opposition.