“Why did Highland Park person of interest choose to drive after the mass murder to Wisconsin, of all places?” Beschloss wrote. You may recall that Wisconsin is right next to Illinois, so this doesn’t seem too unusual. Perhaps, you might think, Beschloss is about to pull out the ol’ “crossing state lines!” argument. Alas, you have no idea where this crazy train is going next:
Why did Highland Park person of interest choose to drive after the mass murder to Wisconsin, of all places?— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) July 5, 2022
“Any possibility that Highland Park person drove to Wisconsin after yesterday’s atrocity in the knowledge that Kyle Rittenhouse was ‘acquitted of all charges’ after shootings there?” Beschloss wrote. Just to remove all doubt that Beschloss is playing Twitter like a video game (and racking up the high score for the day), keep in mind he’s a prolific presidential historian and was a board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He knows full well that if you dissect these tweets, they come across as if they were written by a community-college flunkie. Let’s take the most obvious flaw here: If you commit a crime in Highland Park, Illinois, it doesn’t matter if you go to Wisconsin. You will be tried in Highland Park. A man who sits on the board at the Smithsonian really expects us to believe he doesn’t know this. I’m sure some of Beschloss’ followers don’t grasp this simple concept. He appears on MSNBC quite frequently, and anyone who can take Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid seriously might not be the types to easily grasp the concept of jurisdiction — but Beschloss certainly understands this is logically incoherent. For that matter, Madison isn’t particularly close to Kenosha, which is where Rittenhouse was tried. Wisconsin doesn’t just have one huge court where it’s super-easy for accused murderers to get off, but why let facts get in the way? Again: This cannot be taken seriously. But then, there’s the reason why this tweet resonated: Rittenhouse. To Beschloss’ followers, the mere mention of his name causes the red mist to descend. To them, he’s a mass-murderer — simply because he defended himself during the Black Lives Matter riots in Kenosha. There are no parallels in these cases, mind you, but that hardly matters to Beschloss. From what we know about Crimo, he was a profoundly disturbed young man who allegedly wanted to invite fame by murdering as many people as he could. Kyle Rittenhouse was a model citizen who, while trying to protect property from rioters and looters, was attacked by a mob and needed to defend himself with deadly force. None of this makes any sense — unless, of course, you realize Twitter is a video game and Kyle Rittenhouse-plus-crossing state lines is an unbeatable combo. And keep in mind, Beschloss is a crack player at Twitter. His online persona can churn out thought-free, viral hot-take nonsense with stunning regularity, like this tweet backing up President Joe Biden’s preposterous contention that the Capitol incursion was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
Any possibility that Highland Park person drove to Wisconsin after yesterday’s atrocity in the knowledge that Kyle Rittenhouse was “acquitted of all charges” after shootings there?— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) July 5, 2022
That Pearl Harbor and 9/11 escaped Joe Biden’s memory is understandable because Joe Biden doesn’t have a memory. Beschloss doesn’t share this excuse. On the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Beschloss also made sure to post some photos of the conservative protests that met Kennedy in Dallas during his fateful trip.
Joe Biden is absolutely correct in saying tonight that January 6 was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 28, 2021
video games. There’s nothing your amplified Twitter persona can contribute, especially when you’re so obviously thirsty to link one cultural flashpoint to another wholly unrelated one, no matter how tenuous the link might be. Michael Beschloss may have won the game on Monday — but given the circumstances, it’s cold comfort. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Full-page Radical Right anti-Kennedy ad in Dallas Morning News of November 22, 1963: “Why have you ordered or permitted your brother Bobby, the Attorney General, to go soft on Communists, fellow travelers, and ultra-leftists…?” pic.twitter.com/qznICkgkWZ— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) November 22, 2021