by Noah The above graphic is how the New York Times, a news organization that Republicans love to despise, reacted to the mass shooting at Club Q, a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub that was featuring the entertainment of a drag show on Saturday night. Five people were murdered and 19 more were injured. It was a place where LGBTQ people and their supportive friends and family could feel safe; not any more. What kind of mind dedicates itself to marginalizing LGBTQ people, brown people, black people, women, and any "others" that meet their gaze while, at the very same time, it dedicates itself to embracing efforts to normalize the psychopathic likes of Donald Trump, Marjorie Traitor Greene, Gym Jordan, "Ted" Cruz, The Proud Boys, Ron DeSantis (a horrific little troll who has built his whole career on his hate of gay people), The Oath Keepers, Kremlin Kevin McCarthy, Josh Hawley, any one of the number of pro-Nazi media voices of which Alex Jones and Tucker Carlson are only the most well known, and that entire murderous red-hatted J-6 mob that sought to kill Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, and several others? The answer, of course, is the Republican mind. It is very much a thing, a monstrous thing. Not at all unlike the treasonous words and actions of the people I mentioned above that lead to J-6, what happened this time was the culmination of months of prominent Republicans railing against trans people and drag shows. It was bound to happen. Domestic Terror Party politicians campaigned all year on this particular message of hate and they did it with the backing and support of media devils such as those heard and seen on conservative talk radio, FOX "News," Newsmax, and elsewhere. The Domestic Terror Party planted the seeds and sat back hoping one of their unstable number would act and 22 year old Anderson Lee Aldrich heard the call. In addition, over the weekend, Elon Musk reinstated virulent anti-trans groups such as Babylon Bee onto the Twitter platform and FOX "News" spent Monday night quoting such hate groups and their approving reactions as part of its programming. If you were able to stomach reading the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ dialogue, you would see by those fist in the air reactions that Republicans regard Aldrich as a Kyle Rittenhouse kind of hero. Only the name of the assassin has changed, and really, would you ever expect republican reaction to Aldrich to be any different than their embrace of Kyle Rittenhouse or their reactions to Nancy Pelosi's husband getting his skull fractured with a hammer in his own home at 2:30 in the morning? With that one, Republicans even expressed their endemic homophobia by spinning made up stories that Paul Pelosi's attacker was also his gay lover. That's a bit of a window into what the Republican mind dwells on right there. Such is the way the Republican mind works, or should I say, totally malfunctions? There was another way that Aldrich knew he had a support group and that way was his own family. As Howie pointed out on Monday, Aldrich's grandfather was a California Republican state legislator and a typical violence freak who had nothing but accolades to give to Donald Trump's violent attempted coup on January 6, 2021 of which he said, "This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny!" Aldrich's mother is not cooperating with investigators. I suppose that, in the Republican minds of the Aldriches and so many others, what happened on Saturday night was Fort Sumter but maybe that's what they call the attack on Pulse in Orlando. These minds are very, very dark.