Two days before the shooting that incapacitated Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others, Joseph Stuart, under the alias BoyBlue, wrote a “diary” in which he said the Congresswoman was “dead to me” for voting against the uber-liberal Nancy Pelosi in the minority party’s leadership race. After the shooting, he promptly deleted the post, it has since been reinstated after multiple screenshots of the page were released. Stuart then released perhaps the most unapologetic “apology” I’ve ever read. “Of course i [sic] wished no harm to Gabby. I still LIKED and LIKE her ….,” he says. Saying that the Congresswoman was “now dead to me” was just a “VERY poor choice of words.”
If that’s all he had said, then I’d have let this go, but it isn’t. Instead, he took the opportunity—while demanding we give him the benefit of the doubt—to blast Conservatives and add to the dishonest narrative that had already formed. According to Stuart, his diary was being twisted by “the far right to preemptively protect themselves when it is inevitably found out that the perps against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are tied to the far right and even perhaps (not saying this definitively) to the Jesse Kelly campaign or simply some of his disgruntled sour grapes supporters.” His rantings didn’t end there either. He continues, “I HAVE to offer a heartfelt “fuck you” to the right wing blogs AND the New York Times’ Matt Bai, for even mentioning my username here in ANY connection to that unspeakable and unthinkable horror.”
No one that I know of on “the right wing blogs” has attempted to implicate Stuart the way he attempted to convict the “Jesse Kelly campaign.” They have pointed out that his language represents everything the left claims to be protesting. They have pointed out that Palin wasn’t the only person who “targeted Giffords;” the DailyKos’ founder, Markos Moulitsas, also wanted her voted out. If Palin’s speech incites violence, then left-wing speech must also incite violence. How can Stuart declare his own comments innocuous and also expect us to believe Jesse Kelly is responsible because he campaigned against her months ago? You can’t have it both ways. The evidence says language had nothing to do with this incident, but if you believe it did, then you must condemn everyone who spoke against Giffords, not just those whom you dislike.
I have only one more question: Joseph Stuart or “BoyBlue”—whichever you prefer—now that we know the shooter wasn’t a “disgruntled former Jesse Kelly rightwing supporter,” can I have your house?