Calling bullshit on “virtue signalling”, snowflakes and misleading memes.
As details around the terror attack in Manchester continue to emerge, a torrent of bullshit continues to sluice around Twitter.
This morning, Katie Hopkins evoked the Holocaust, calling for a “final solution” amid a deluge of anti-Muslim tweets; alt-right creeps have been professing their horror while delighting in spinning the tragedy for their own ends; and anonymous users with names like LionHeart66 have been sharing plainly incorrect memes with the sort of people likely to believe any anti-Muslim messages they read.
On right-wing Twitter, in the absence of much officially-confirmed information, a fact-shaped vacuum is being filled by people who had their post-attack script ready before the first reports even began rolling in. Here’s a list of the unhelpful tropes that are doing the rounds, scapegoating communities and taking advantage of grief, and why they’re total bullshit.
British police have identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the person who carried out the deadly suicide bombing in Manchester that left 23 people dead, including the attacker.
An improvised explosive device went off late on Monday as thousands of mostly young fans streamed out of Manchester Arena in the northern English city at the end of US artist Ariana Grande’s performance, police said.
While announcing the identity of the suspect on Tuesday, Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police confirmed that police had raided two residential areas in Manchester, and carried out a controlled explosion at one of them as part of the investigation into Monday night’s attack.
DONALD TRUMP MADE overtures toward the Islamic world during his visit to Saudi Arabia, softening his outward stance on Islam, but his administration recently appointed a recognized anti-Muslim campaigner.
Katharine Gorka, a controversial national security analyst and anti-Muslim activist, has been named as an “adviser” to the Department of Homeland Security’s policy office, after serving on President Trump’s transition team for the department. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Gorka extensively criticized DHS for teaching employees — wrongly, in her view — that Islam is a religion of peace.
Gorka’s appointment is listed in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the watchdog group American Oversight. Her title, as of April 7, is listed as adviser to the department’s office of policy. The documents also list a previous “temporary transitional” appointment in the chief of staff’s office, with a pay grade listed as GS-15, the highest standard pay for a federal civil servant, indicating a salary of at least $8,600 a month.
David Lapan, the department’s deputy assistant secretary for media operations, confirmed that Gorka’s role in the policy office was permanent and did not require Senate confirmation. Her previous appointment in the chief of staff’s office was temporary and had expired.
President Trump arrived in Bethlehem Tuesday during a two-day visit to Israel as part of his first trip abroad as president and vowed to do whatever necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This comes as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza launched a general strike Monday to protest Trump’s visit to Israel and Palestine and to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails. We get an update from Jerusalem, where Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group notes leaders on both sides are unsure what to expect from Trump, who made negative comments about Israel on the campaign trail. “That’s really the locus of the fear on the Israeli side with respect to Trump,” Thrall says. “It’s the notion that he could really try and exert pressure on Israel, threaten real consequences in the U.S.-Israeli relationship, if Israel were not to agree to, let’s say, the outlines of an American proposal for a settlement of the conflict or the outlines of an American proposal on which the two sides would negotiate and work out the details.” Thrall argues that if Trump uses his leverage, “we’re looking at a totally different Israeli-Palestinian peace process than we have seen in the past.”Democracy Now
An eight-year-old girl, who was described by her school as “simply beautiful”, was the youngest fatality named so far of the suicide bomber who struck at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Saffie Rose Roussos was one of 22 children, teenagers and adults who died in an attack which left at least 59 people suffering shrapnel wounds from the blast.
Saffie, a pupil at Tarleton Community primary school near Preston, Lancashire, was with her mother Lisa and sister Ashlee Bromwich to watch Grande, who counts children from primary age through to their late teens as fans.
It is understood Saffie’s mother and sister are being treated in hospital.
Chris Upton, her headteacher, said Saffie was “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word.”
“She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”
The news of her death had come as a tremendous shock, he added. “The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.”
Georgina Callander, 18, was confirmed as another fatality.