Mass Shooter Said He Identified As “Leftist”

( Saturday an 18-year-old white male walked into a Buffalo, New York Tops Friendly Markets grocery store frequented mostly by black customers and opened fire, killing ten people, most of them black.

The shooter, Payton Gendron, who was apprehended by police, left a 180-page manifesto filled with varied, eclectic political and ideological views.

And while the corporate media and Democrat politicians are using Gendron’s rambling writings to paint Republicans and Fox News host Tucker Carlson with the same broad brush, some on the right are scouring its contents to “prove” that Gendron isn’t far-right, but a “leftist.”

But the truth isn’t so black and white.

In his manifesto, Gendron wrote that “on the political compass,” he falls “in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category,” but he prefers to be “called a populist.”

He attacks cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, calling crypto a fraudulent scam while offering a link to an article from the socialist magazine “Jacobin” to better describe how he feels about crypto. He writes about the need for environmentalism and attacks “corporate profits” and the “1%” for exploiting the people “for their own benefit.” He claims in his manifesto that “conservatism is corporatism in disguise,” and says he wants “no part of it.”

At the same time, the central theme of Gendron’s manifesto is his fear that those of European descent were being eradicated through mass immigration and declining birth rates. He frequently refers to himself as “racist” while expressing admiration for fascism.

According to independent journalist Glenn Greenwald, Gendron’s manifesto borrowed heavily from the manifesto left by Brenton Tarrant, the 29-year-old Australian who murdered 51 people, most of whom were Muslim, at two New Zealand mosques in 2019.

In his manifesto, Gendron provides a list of the websites and people who inspired his beliefs, and Tarrant is the one he names as his primary inspiration.

Whenever there is a mass murder like Sunday’s attack in Buffalo, both the right and the left immediately try to paint the suspect as being from the other team. Since the left has the larger platform, controlling both the mainstream American media and social media, it isn’t surprising that their narrative is the one that drowns out the other side.

But Gendron’s manifesto reveals that he is inspired by some beliefs common on the far-right and others more commonly found among the radical left. His views are too much of a jumble of varied ideologies that make it possible to pigeonhole him into one or the other.