Another deadly vehicle attack reminiscent of Charlottesville — except it wasn’t.
On Saturday, a white pickup truck ran into a crowd of people at a “Gay Pride” parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing one person and injuring another. The city’s mayor, Dean Trantalis (D), who was in attendance of course, immediately declared the incident was “a terrorist attack against the LGBT community.”
Trantalis insisted: “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.” That assumed “targeted” person was Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), who was likewise in attendance.
As always, the (D) is for “Duh.”
Of course, Trantalis immediately claimed “terrorism” — shades of Charlottesville — because he was hoping for just that.
However, it turns out that the driver of the truck and the victims were all associated with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. The 77-year-old driver could not manage to walk the route so he was selected to drive as the lead vehicle.
The group’s leader, Justin Knight, clarified, “This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. … We are deeply saddened by the tragic death and injuries that occurred as a result of an unfortunate accident at the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade.”
Video of the driver’s arrest moments after the incident clearly showed he was wearing a “Gay Men’s Chorus” shirt. Given that Trantalis claimed he was an “eyewitness” to the incident, that should have given him a moment’s pause.
Endeavoring to walk back his inexcusable “terrorist attack” assertion, a day later Trantalis said: “Last evening, at the start of what was to be a celebration of pride for the LGBT community and commemoration of our hard-won victories for equality, our community faced the worst of tragedies. … I was an eyewitness to the horrifying events. It terrorized me and all around me. … I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away. … As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control.”
Right. “The facts.”
The fact is that such assumptions and assertions are typical of leftist Demos and their media parrots who are always trying to advance a false narrative, pandering to their constituents while dividing us as a nation. I’m just surprised that Trantalis didn’t claim the driver was an “insurrectionist.”