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While Orlando police and the FBI are working to piece together what actually motivated Omar Mateen to murder 50 people and injure 53 more at a gay nightclub in Orlando this morning, Fox News has apparently already solved the puzzle. So why was Mateen able to slaughter a room full of innocent people with a deadly assault rifle? According to Fox News commentator Sebastian Gorka, it’s all thanks to President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and political correctness.

Gorka, who is the Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University, came on as Fox News’ resident counterterrorism expert. When asked how he “sees it” by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Gorka went off:

Maria, we need to stop using words like shocking. Nobody should be shocked. This is what they have been planning to do after Paris, after Brussels. Nobody should be surprised. Likewise, this isn’t to be called a tragedy. This isn’t an Amtrak train being derailed. This is part of the global jihadi strategy. It’s not an accident. It is war against America.


This attack in part was facilitated by the policies of this administration, President Obama and Secretary Clinton, that have allowed political correctness into the threat assessment. Today I beg the White House, stop with the political correctness. We need to destroy this enemy before more innocent people, gay, straight, black, white, brown, yellow are murdered on U.S. soil.

Gorka is pointing to the conservative idea that, for fear of being labeled politically incorrect, Democrats like President Obama will (correctly) decline to attribute the massacre to the Islam as a whole, which in turn allows the shootings to continue.

Of course, in doing so Gorka ignores the fact that there’s no topic of conversation politicians fear more than “guns are bad” and “maybe you should pass a background check before you buy all those guns.” But hey—surely that has nothing to do with it at all.

[h/t Media Matters]