Rick Perry: Charleston domestic terror attack an “accident”

On Friday former Texas Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry referred to the racially-motivated domestic terror attack that saw nine innocent men and women gunned down as an “accident” during an interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

“Any time there is an accident like this, the president’s clear. He didn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.”

What happened in Charleston, South Carolina was clearly no accident; it was a premeditated, planned attack, and for Gov. Perry to minimize it as nothing more than an “accident” shows how stunningly out of touch he is with the reality the rest of us live in, and it shows just how utterly unqualified he is to serve as our nation’s president.


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4 thoughts on “Rick Perry: Charleston domestic terror attack an “accident”

  1. Zach, thanks.

    Wingnuts want to reserve terrorism for acts perpetrated by people of color. They’ll continue to push Roof as “mentally ill.”

    IMHO, the Patriot Act’s definition of terrorism is too broad, but as long as it’s law, it should be applied equally.

    It defines “domestic terrorism” as activities that:

    “(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended—(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”


    Link below has a recent photo of Roof burning our flag.


    Roof should not be tried by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. He should face charges of terrorism in CIVILIAN courts on U.S. soil.

  2. if you listen to the interview, you will notice that Perry calls the shootings a crime and he talks about it as being evil as well. So while he did say “accident” it can be safely assumed he meant to say “incident.” But I have long since concluded that you will never give a Republican the benefit of the doubt. Just another example of blatant bias, which, come to think of it, might be a more accurate name for this blog.

    1. Denis, the GOP doesn’t need any help self-destructing. That’s why it takes billions from the elites, gerrymanders districts, suppresses voting rights, and in Gov. Walker’s case, buries his agenda during campaigns in general elections.

      Failing to jettison the symbol of slavery and white supremacy, the Stars and Bars, 150 years after Lee surrendered at Appomattox is the best example of, “blatant bias, which come to think of it, might be a more accurate name for,” Republicans.

      “The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia”

      The party of Lincoln, called the Republican party, under its present name and organization, is of recent origin. It is admitted to be an anti-slavery party. While it attracts to itself by its creed the scattered advocates of exploded political heresies, of condemned theories in political economy, the advocates of commercial restrictions, of protection, of special privileges, of waste and corruption in the administration of Government, anti-slavery is its mission and its purpose. By anti-slavery it is made a power in the state.

      While the subordination and the political and social inequality of the African race was fully conceded by all, it was plainly apparent that slavery would soon disappear from what are now the non-slave-holding States of the original thirteen.


      The prohibition of slavery in the Territories, hostility to it everywhere, the equality of the black and white races, disregard of all constitutional guarantees in its favor, were boldly proclaimed by its leaders and applauded by its followers. With these principles on their banners and these utterances on their lips the majority of the people of the North demand that we shall receive them as our rulers.

      The Constitution declares that persons charged with crimes in one State and fleeing to another shall be delivered up on the demand of the executive authority of the State from which they may flee, to be tried in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed. It would appear difficult to employ language freer from ambiguity, yet for above twenty years the non-slave-holding States generally have wholly refused to deliver up to us persons charged with crimes affecting slave property. Our confederates, with punic faith, shield and give sanctuary to all criminals who seek to deprive us of this property or who use it to destroy us.

      The Supreme Court unanimously, and their own local courts with equal unanimity (with the single and temporary exception of the supreme court of Wisconsin), sustained its constitutionality in all of its provisions. Yet it stands to-day a dead letter for all practicable purposes in every non-slave-holding State in the Union.


      In several of our confederate States a citizen cannot travel the highway with his servant who may voluntarily accompany him, without being declared by law a felon and being subjected to infamous punishments. It is difficult to perceive how we could suffer more by the hostility than by the fraternity of such brethren.

      For twenty years past the abolitionists and their allies in the Northern States have been engaged in constant efforts to subvert our institutions and to excite insurrection and servile war among us. They have sent emissaries among us for the accomplishment of these purposes. Some of these efforts have received the public sanction of a majority of the leading men of the Republican party in the national councils, the same men who are now proposed as our rulers. These efforts have in one instance led to the actual invasion of one of the slave-holding States, and those of the murderers and incendiaries who escaped public justice by flight have found fraternal protection among our Northern confederates.

      Such are the opinions and such are the practices of the Republican party, who have been called by their own votes to administer the Federal Government under the Constitution of the United States.

      Why? Because by their declared principles and policy they have outlawed $3,000,000,000 of our property in the common territories of the Union; put it under the ban of the Republic in the States where it exists and out of the protection of Federal law everywhere; because they give sanctuary to thieves and incendiaries who assail it to the whole extent of their power, in spite of their most solemn obligations and covenants; because their avowed purpose is to subvert our society and subject us not only to the loss of our property but the destruction of ourselves, our wives, and our children, and the desolation of our homes, our altars, and our firesides.”


      You’re welcome to keep hanging the Stars and Bars in your garage. The sooner Republicans figure out it’s got no place on or in any governmental building, the better off the whole nation will be.

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