Leave it to MSNBC to add a racial component to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that claimed the lives of 17 people.
Displaying an audacity that can only come from a confidence that your message is consistent with the company line, MSNBC political analyst Nicolle Wallace said the massacre is only an issue because “17 white kids” were killed.
“We’re talking about this because — let’s be honest, 17 white kids were [the victims],” Wallace said.
Never mind that adults were among the victims, but why allow facts to get in the way when driving a racially divisive narrative.
The highly offensive remark came in response to MSNBC contributor and Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude preaching against guns.
“Every day, in certain communities, certain parents are burying their children because of gun violence,” Glaude said. “And it’s all because of this gun culture, this gun culture that makes people money.”
A gun culture driven by “toxic masculinity,” a catchphrase tossed out earlier by fellow panelist, John Heilemann.
“There is a toxic masculinity at the heart of this gun, this gun culture, rooted in a myth about who we take ourselves to be. American, rugged individualism,” Glaude said.
He went on to mock those who don’t have faith that government can protect them, people who equate an AR-15 to “the weapon of the Minuteman,” Glaude said as he called for a “moral revolution.”
Wallace would later revisit Glaude’s rant to effectively speak for her guest, saying that he was making a “racial point” as she smeared the white children killed by a disturbed gunman.