A disgruntled Colorado man tried causing some damage with a makeshift pipe bomb using commercially available explosives and a gas canister. Apparently, the canister failed to ignite, and not a whole lot even happened. In fact, the only reason this was newsworthy was that the non-explosion happened near an NAACP office. Of course, it also happened near a barbershop and where a tax office used to operate, but no one cares about them.
As it turns out, the disgruntled man Thaddeus Murphy, 44, was targeting his old accountant who supposedly wouldn’t give Murphy back his tax records. Murphy said that he was going through tough financial times and flipped out and wanted to send his accountant a message. He may have not known that his accountant died last year in June. And the tax office where he worked hadn’t been in operation in that location for 20 years. It sounds to me like this Thaddeus guy may be a few screws short of a workbench.
This all happened last month, and in no time Democrats used it as a springboard to talk about hate crimes. They just started calling it the “NAACP bombing,” even though the guy couldn’t even get the gas can to ignite, and even though there wasn’t any evidence that pointed to the NAACP being the target. They assumed it must have been some racist white supremacist who wanted to commit a terrorist attack against a black rights organization.
Now, it’s being reported that he was targeting his old accountant in a fit of poorly executed and quickly defused rage. And now that that’s the narrative, all those previously outraged Dems are curiously silent on the matter. “Well, if he was only targeting his old accountant, then this is a complete non-story. I don’t even care about it anymore.” The Daily Caller reported:
None of the politicians who asserted that last month’s bombing in Colorado Springs was targeted at the city’s NAACP branch are now willing to admit that they were wrong.
The Daily Caller reached out to Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee upon Friday’s news that the man who set off a small bomb at the building which housed Colorado Springs’ NAACP branch on Jan. 6 — 44-year-old Thaddeus Murphy — actually targeted his former accountant, not the NAACP.
Only Cardin’s office responded to the request for comment.
All three of those Democratic politicians, as well as the NAACP’s national headquarters, condemned last month’s attack based on the belief that the civil rights organization was the target.
Jackson-Lee suspected that the bombing constituted a hate crime.
Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee had tweeted: “#NAACPBombing undermines years of progress & demands federal review to know whether it is a hate crime. We’ve come too far to turn back now.”
Representative John Lewis: “I am deeply troubled by the bombing in Colorado. It reminds me of another period. These stories cannot be swept under the rug #NAACPBombing.”
Cardin and the NAACP apparently did respond. The Daily Caller continued:
“Senator Cardin stands by the sentiments in his original message, which expressed concern for the safety of all in the vicinity of the Colorado bombing,” Tim Zink, Cardin’s press secretary, told TheDC through email.
“The NAACP appreciates the swift efforts of both local and federal authorities in Colorado Springs in arresting and charging a suspect in the explosion incident at our Colorado Springs Branch office,” NAACP national president Cornell Brooks said in the statement.
“We seek a continued investigation into the motive of the alleged suspect and we look forward to the culmination of his criminal trial. We will remain vigilant as we continue fighting for civil and human rights in Colorado Springs and throughout the country.”
They only cared initially, because they thought they could turn it into another “hate crime” story to capitalize off of. But even the media had to admit his attack had nothing to do with race or hatred of the NAACP. The outrage fizzled about as quickly as the man’s pipe bomb attempt.