Virginia – The spin coming from the left-wing media is starting already relative to the Second Amendment Rights rally that’s taking place in Richmond, VA on Monday.

NBC news reporter Ben Collins called the march for rights a “white nationalist” gathering on Sunday, all while warning against spreading “made up stuff” on Twitter. Collins is just another example of a hack that has led to the term “fake news” becoming a prominent moniker to describe the mainstream media.

In a tweet that Collins since deleted, he said:

“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop. Don’t become a hero in new-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.”

“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you:

Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop.

Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 19, 2020″

“Verify information.” “Made-up stuff.” Collins should reread what he said.

NBC reporter wants America to believe Virginia’s 2A March is gathering of “white nationalists”

NBC reporter calls 2A rally a gathering of “white nationalists” (Twitter Screenshot)

 

The tweet lead to a torrent of online criticism, which led Collins to defend his comments. He argued that federal law enforcement had arrested six suspected neo-Nazis in advance of the rally in Georgia, Maryland and Delaware, with some of those suspects allegedly planning on going to the rally in Richmond, VA.

Collins had also said that there had been an “enormous amount of 4chan and Qanon chatter,” which are typically intelligence community monikers for conspiracy groups and troll websites.

When Collins deleted the tweet, he sent another one saying:

“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.”

Nice try at a recovery there, Ben.

So, Collins goes from “tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia” to saying that the event “has traditionally been a gun rights rally.”

Real nice.

After Collins posted his initial tweet, the Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski, who has reported on gun issues tweeted:

“Tomorrow’s event is in no way a ‘white nationalist rally.’ It is not organized by racists and they won’t be in any way a significant portion of the attendees, yet this writer is elevating them wile smearing the regular people who will actually be there.”

 

Gutowski continued:

“And he’s doing this all while warning those of us who are actually going to be covering the event to be careful about putting out inaccurate reporting. Incredible.”

Collins the responded to Gutowski’s tweet, saying that white nationalists were trying to “co-opt” the event, to which Gutowski replied:

“I agree there is a danger of extremists co-opting the event but can’t you see how labeling it a ‘white nationalist rally’ when that isn’t the case literally accomplishes that goal for them? …Would you label the Women’s March an anti-Semitic rally because anti-Semites have tried to co-opt it?

In Virginia, there is a day annually that is known as “Lobby Day” at the Virginia Capitol, where traditionally political activists could petition their government.

 

Cam Edwards, who hosts a podcast and is a gun-rights activist noted that the rally was taking place on Lobby Day. He also had words for Collins.

“Speaking of propaganda and made-up stuff, Lobby Day isn’t a ‘white nationalist rally,’ but an annual event for Virginians to lobby lawmakers. Is this the type of coverage we should expect from NBC News?” Sadly Cam, that is EXACTLY the type of coverage you should expect from NBC…and CNN…and ABC…

In a tweet, political strategist Caleb Hull noted that this is not the first time that Collins had sought to label political opponents “white nationalists.”

“People attending tomorrow’s 2A rally in Virginia. I’m absolutely begging you.

Avoid this Ben Collins scumbag at all costs. His dream is to label everyone he doesn’t like a “white nationalist.”

Stand your ground and fight for what your rights. Screw people like him.”

Touché, Caleb.

 

Among Collins’ previous “greatest hits”, at one time he said that “white radicalization is a public health crisis,” saying that “the president and his coterie pretty overtly sympathize with some white nationalist ideals and leaders.” This is a reporter people, not the host of an opinion program.

Last year, Collins claimed there was some kind of right-wing conspiracy regarding a so-called “learn to code” meme, where internet users mocked reporters and journalists should get more meaningful jobs if they wanted job security. Little paranoid there, eh Ben?

 

While the rank and file attended going to the rally in Richmond are true patriots and in no way prone to violence, the threat of other groups showing up at the rally in the guise of 2A supporters and causing problems cannot be discounted, and federal and state law enforcement authorities are on alert ahead of the rally.

Unconfirmed reports of a militia of some sort storming the capitol, and protesters weaponizing drones have been floated. The FAA has designated the area around the capitol building as a no-fly zone within a 2-mile radius of the Capitol.

The rally is projected to draw thousands of people from Virginia and beyond, as the state has become ground zero in the fight between anti-gun zealots and defenders of the Second Amendment. The prospect of the rally caused left-wing Gov. Ralph Northam to sign an executive order banning weapons in the Capitol.

NBC reporter wants America to believe Virginia’s 2A March is gathering of “white nationalists”

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Collins wasn’t the only one ramping up the rhetoric ahead of the rally.

The Washington Post decided to focus on self-identified militia members who are coming in from other states to attend the rally, and noted that militia members who had vowed never to return to Charlottesville in the wake of that city’s violent white nationalist rally a few years ago, had made no such pledge regarding Richmond.

Gun-grabber Michael Bloomberg funded group Moms Demand Action issued a press release which described Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions as “lawless” and described supporters of such resolutions, which describes many attending today’s rally, as “gun extremists.”

Northam had claimed that “violent rhetoric” had been connected to the rally, although he did not provide details about that statement. He did use the term “violent rhetoric”, however, to justify issuing the state of emergency and the banning of guns on Virginia Capitol grounds.

Stay tuned, America. It should be an interesting day.

 


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