It was heartbreaking, if unsurprising, to see how our political divisions determined this week which victims we could actually give sympathy to, coverage of, and support for. The murder of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts should have been a rallying point for all Americans; instead, it became just another political football to be tossed back and forth between the two sides.
Conservatives – and only conservatives – spoke out in memory of Mollie on Wednesday; Democrats and liberals, when they spoke of her at all, did so only in a snide way that said: “Here we go, right-wing media’s gonna be all over this one.” You’d think that even a callous liberal elitist could muster up some sympathy for an Iowa college student cut down in her prime, but since the perpetrator was an illegal immigrant, they don’t dare breathe a word.
Thankfully, we still have principled conservatives on the airwaves and country-first Republicans in Washington who aren’t afraid to condemn lawbreakers even if it is now political incorrect to do so. The death of Mollie Tibbetts is an American tragedy any way you slice it; perhaps the most tragic part of it all is that we now live in a country where to even acknowledge the death of a white girl at the hands of an illegal alien is just “something Republicans do.” That’s a damn shame, but it appears to be the case.
In any event, it’s worth doing a rundown of those conservatives who spoke out, because it’s increasingly an act of courage.
At a rally in West Virginia, President Trump said, “You heard about it today, with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman. Should have never happened. The immigration laws are such a disgrace. We’re getting them changed, but we have to get more Republicans.”
Vice President Mike Pence, on Twitter: “We commend the swift action by local, state, & federal investigators working in Iowa in apprehending an illegal immigrant, who’s now charged with first-degree murder. Now, justice will be served. We will never forget Mollie Tibbetts.”
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley wrote: “My heart hurts for Mollie’s family.”
“An undocumented immigrant is charged for murder of Mollie Tibbetts, the Iowa college student who went missing on July 18,” tweeted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “This is why so many Americans are angry about sanctuary cities. It’s why Texas banned sanctuary cities.”
Meanwhile, so far as we could see, the Democrat response amounted to a snide commenter on MSNBC referring to Tibbetts as “some girl in Iowa that Fox News is talking about” and Elizabeth Warren shamelessly turning an interview question about Tibbetts into a rant about separated families at the border.
It’s par for the course these days, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.