(FREE BEACON) The New York Times published an editorial Wednesday that cast blame for Omar Mateen’s rampage at a gay Orlando night club on the Republican Party, arguing his crime occurred in an environment where “bigotry is allowed to fester.”
Mateen was a Muslim who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group, which executes homosexuals by throwing them off rooftops. He was known to be abusive and emotionally unstable. He also frequented gay bars and gay dating apps.
The New York Times editorial mentions none of this. Instead it says Mateen’s exact motivations are unclear. However, the paper continues, hate crimes do not “happen in a vacuum,” and “Republican politicians” have exploited prejudices against the LGBT community:
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