Newsflash: the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen really was inspired by ISIS.
The evidence has been overwhelming. He called 911, and a local media station to pledge allegiance to ISIS prior to carrying out his massacre, and was heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” while carrying it out. I think it’s pretty clear what his motives are.
Still, in an attempt to deflect blame from Islam, some bizarre narrative started circulating that Mateen himself was gay, and committed the act as revenge for contracting HIV. If that sounded unbelievable to you: congratulations on having a brain.
From the LA Times:
So far, they have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen — who was twice married to women and had a young son — conducted a secret gay life, the [FBI] officials said.
Federal agents reportedly combed through Mateen’s laptop computer and cellphone, along with the electronic communications of those who have made the claims to have consorted with Mateen. Agents came up with nada.
“Miguel,” the man who said he was Mateen’s lover for two months in an exclusive Univision interview, claimed that he had met with Mateen 15 to 20 times, the last occasion in late December. He said that Mateen had also slept with a Puerto Rican man who allegedly told him he was HIV positive.
“He adored Latinos, gay latinos with brown skin—but he felt rejected. He felt used by them. I believe this crazy horrible thing he did—that was revenge,” he told Univision.
Just 12 hours before the FBI’s findings became public, TMZ published an article claiming that the Ambassador Hotel had security footage of Omar Mateen meeting “Miguel” at the hotel for a hookup on December 14, 2015. The recording was mysteriously unavailable, as the “FBI went to the Ambassador Tuesday night and took a copy of the surveillance footage,” according to TMZ.
Federal investigators do not find “Miguel” credible, and law enforcement officials make no mention to security footage from the Ambassador, according to the LA Times. The investigation debunks speculations that Mateen shot up the nightclub as some kind of twisted revenge plot.
Would liberals go through these sorts of mental gymnastics to explain away the motives of any other crime? Doubtful.