White Shooter Reportedly Told Black Victims: 'You're Taking Over Our Country'
In the wake of this heinous crime, right-wingers swung into action, blaming everything but Roof's explicit hatred of blacks. For starters, they tried their favorite "persecution of Christians" fantasy:
“Fox & Friends” just can’t stop the spin: In the wake of Charleston, we must arm our pastors and priests
It's "extraordinary" that it's being investigated as a hate crime, Steve Doocy said--it's an attack on Christians
Problem solved! Good guys with guns to shoot bad guys with guns. Pump 'em all full of lead and let God sort them out.
Santorum Calls Charleston Shooting 'Assault on Religious Liberty'
Ri-i-ight...it was an atheist assault on Christianity, not a white assault on blacks. Despite what the killer explicitly said. Thanks for demonstrating that none of my parodies is more extreme than the right-wing reality.
The following is not, I repeat not, an Onion satire:
White Supremacists Worried Charleston Shooting Makes Them Look Bad
Conservatives also floated the usual "crazed lone gunman" theory, which others shot down:
It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males
Blaming "mental illness" is a cop-out--and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism
Racism Is Not a Mental Illness
Then Fox News agreed with Dylann Roof that "different cultures" was a reason for his mass murder:
Fox News host blames mass shootings on ‘different cultures’ living together in America
"All those brown people...so different from me...must kill them!"
And of course they blamed Obama, the root of all evil:
Frequent Fox guest: Whites might shoot up more black churches if Obama keeps calling them racist
Right...because the worse thing you can do to whites is call them out on their racism. It's practically a hate crime. It makes them so mad they literally can't stop themselves from pulling the trigger and killing more blacks.
For more on the subject, see Were Charleston Shootings "Unfathomable"? and Initial Reactions to Charleston Shootings.