After Arizona state Sen Wendy Rogers (R) triggered the left with a hot take in reaction to the tragic Buffalo shooting Saturday, she remained steadfast in her defense of free speech and lauded her Republican colleagues for launching an ethics investigation.
With President Joe Biden ramping up political rhetoric to denigrate “ultra MAGA” Republicans last week, it stands to reason that Rogers would find herself making headlines while Democrats and corporate media twist an act of evil into a partisan tool. However, she did not condone violence or any of the alleged positions held by the 18-year-old suspect charged with murdering 10 individuals at a Buffalo, NY, grocery store.
Rogers drew attention to the perceived ineptitude of the FBI.
“Fed boy summer has started in Buffalo,” she wrote on Telegram hours after leftists had already tried linking the suspect to conservatives and former President Donald Trump. While it remains up for debate whether her statement suggested direct involvement from the FBI in the tragedy or if her intent was to highlight the number of occasions a suspect in a crime of this nature had previously been investigated, the blowback did not seem to correlate with the statement.
Her Democratic colleagues in the Arizona Senate sought to have her expelled as the media attempted to label her as part of their concerted targeting of Republicans as racist proponents of “The Great Replacement” theory that they only discuss in vague terms and correlations.
BREAKING By 24-3 vote, Arizona Senate votes to hold ethics investigation of Sen. Wendy Rogers. R's control Senate 16-14. Next up: Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios calls for vote on expelling Rogers. Senate President Fann rules it out of order. Lawyers getting involved. https://t.co/3cTia5A19l
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) May 16, 2022
As a result, the majority Republican Arizona Senate voted to hold an ethics investigation, and Rogers thanked them “for fighting to give [her] due process in this matter.”
— AZSenateRepublicans (@AZSenateGOP) May 17, 2022
She explained that the ethics vote followed the attempt to expel her that state Sen. President Karen Fann ruled out of order.
“Sadly,” Rogers stated, “my comment was taken completely out of context and became a false narrative that’s now the focal point of a firestorm created by certain race-obsessed members of the media. Unfortunately, our Democrat members of the Senate are now turning this issue into a political tool and are continuing to perpetuate this erroneous message in an effort to foment division within our party.”
Free speech matters. We should be able to offer different points of view & have a dialogue agreeing or disagreeing. What is ironic is that the very people who whine about my tweets amplify what I say far more than if they would have just left it alone. Maybe that is their intent?
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) May 15, 2022
Previously, she had defended her right to free speech in posting her comment, but in her statement, she made certain to clarify where she stood on the tragedy. “Let me be very clear: I do not condone violent crime or racism,” Rogers wrote unequivocally. “My heart breaks for those who lost their lives as well as for their families in this weekend’s shooting in Buffalo, New York. I pray justice is brought to the perpetrator. The person responsible for this heinous crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I denounce this tragic act as well as any and all other violent crimes that are spreading into communities across our country.”
Earlier this year, she was censured by her state Senate for attending the controversial America First Political Action Conference. She had defended her right to speech then as well in a thread where she wrote, “Freedom of speech is one of the most precious rights we have under heaven, and this censure is nothing more than an attempt to limit my speech.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had also attended the event and stood by her attendance stating, “The Pharisees in the Republican Party may attack me for being willing to break barriers and speak to a lost generation of young people…But I won’t abandon these young men and women, because I believe we need to do better by them.”
As to attempts to associate Rogers with the alleged manifesto of the suspect that contained references to “The Great Replacement” theory, it is obviously an attack against the First Amendment. The negative aspects of the argument presented are that President Joe Biden’s administration is trying “to change the racial mix of the country” through immigration.
Tucker Carlson may have best explained the reality of the theory when he stated, “In political terms, this policy is…the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far-away countries. They brag about it all the time, but if you dare to say it’s happening they will scream at you with maximum hysteria.”
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