by Shane Trejo, Big League Politics:
An NBC News journo shamefully defamed thousands of Virginians who plan on attending an upcoming Second Amendment Rally at the state capital, claiming that they were convening for a “white nationalist rally” on a Sunday tweet.
Monday’s Second Amendment Rally is expected to draw thousands of gun rights supporters. The event has nothing to do with white nationalism, and instead is occurring to protest Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s wide-reaching gun control package he’s seeking to impose upon the people of the state.
In Ben Collins’ astoundingly dishonest tweet, he even had the audacity to warn other mainstream media “journalists” to avoid reporting falsely when covering the event.
After being roundly dunked upon for his dishonest claim about the upcoming rally, Collins deleted his initial tweet. But he’s still trying to make and extremely dubious connection between the rally and white nationalism, as seen in a subsequent tweet.
Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia.
The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 19, 2020
Governor Northam himself has utilized conspiracy theories about the event to seize emergency powers, unilaterally banning open carry from the state capital on the basis of a supposed violent criminal presence.
The fearmongering over the upcoming Second Amendment rally could prove to have consequences, as some gun rights advocates and supporters of the movement to overturn Northam’s planned gun control have warned of possible infiltration of the rally.