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Port: Disgraced ex-lawmaker Luke Simons posts meme suggesting Uvalde shooting was a political stunt

Rep. Luke Simons, who is proud of his historic expulsion from the North Dakota Legislature, used his Facebook account to hatch a conspiracy theory about the Uvalde, Texas, shooting.

PHOTO: Rep. Luke Simons
North Dakota Rep. Luke Simons, R-Dickinson, speaks at a hearing on his expulsion over sexual harassment accusations on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in this file photo.
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MINOT, N.D. — There was a tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, this week. Another mass shooting, this was resulting in 21 deaths. Most of them were elementary school children.

Now Americans — from politicians to Hollywood celebrities to sports figures to just people with a Facebook following — are saying the same tired things they always say when this happens.

In that latter group is disgraced former state lawmaker Luke Simons who became the first legislator in state history to be expelled from the assembly after multiple accounts of harassment from legislative staff and colleagues became public.

Simons, a cookie-cutter example of the sort of shameless cretin that has found a degree of political fame in the Trump era, is proud of that expulsion. The profile picture for his Facebook page touts that he was "expelled and censored."

Screenshot of Luke Simons Facebook profile picture
The profile picture for Luke Simons's Facebook page.
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It shouldn't surprise us that a man who is proud of being expelled by his fellow lawmakers in a historically unprecedented move would lack the decency it takes to refrain from standing astride the dead bodies of children to hatch a stupid political conspiracy.

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A meme posted by Simons last night, as news of mass murder in Texas roiled the nation, suggested on Facebook that the tragedy was a political stunt.

"It's all part of their narrative," Simons wrote , above an image indicating that mass shootings are "turned on" by political interests out to influence the midterms.

A Facebook post about the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting from former lawmaker Luke Simons.
A Facebook post about the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting from former lawmaker Luke Simons.<br/>
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Simons didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

This is beyond despicable.

Stuff like this is why American politics have become so dysfunctional.

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Democracy doesn't just mean participating in the political process. It also means abiding by the outcomes of that process, even when you're on the losing end. The most dangerous trend in America right now is the growing number of people who refuse to accept that.

It's really, really hard to have good faith debates about things like gun violence. Abortion. Civil rights. It becomes impossible when our politics are littered by ingrates who, rather than approaching the topics with reason, instead rush to impugn the motivations of the other side, to the point of hatching conspiracy theories.

This isn't just a joke. This sort of nonsense gets traction. The families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting have spent years in litigation to hold schlock jock Alex Jones responsible for similar conspiracy theories about that tragedy being staged. A stunt perpetrated by alleged "crisis actors" in pursuit of some supposed political agenda.

Simons is, whether it's deserved or not, a public figure. He has a following. He's held elected office. He may well hold it again in the future.

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And today, as parents and friends and family mourn their dead in Texas, he's using their pain to score cheap internet points.

I would call on him to be ashamed, but I don't think people like him are capable of it.

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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