Would you be surprised if a recent string of “hate crimes” against a popular New York City gay bar were actually carried out by a gay man?
Of course not, you’re a reader of The Daily Wire and well-educated on hate crime hoaxes. Nonetheless, let’s talk about a recent story out of the Big Apple.
Over the last month, VERS, a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen has experienced four separate incidents of an individual throwing bricks through its windows.
Immediately, New York leftists declared it was evidence of something sinister.
“The epidemic of anti-LGBTQ+ violence is national,” Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine tweeted. “A well-known gay bar on Manhattan’s west side has been attacked repeatedly in recent weeks. We can not stand for this.”
The epidemic of anti-LGBTQ+ violence is national.
A well-known gay bar on Manhattan’s west side has been attacked repeatedly in recent weeks. We can not stand for this. https://t.co/Ur1mv4RPK0
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) November 20, 2022
New York City Councilmember Erik Bottcher, who represents the area, said definitively, “These are hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.”
This man has thrown bricks at the window of @versbarnyc FOUR times in recent weeks. These are hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community. Please help us identify him. If you have any information, please contact @NYPDHateCrimes at [email protected] or 1-888-440-HATE. pic.twitter.com/GNuAMbyi7S
— NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher (@ebottcher) November 20, 2022
Except, Bottcher botched his claims.
The suspect currently in custody for the attacks is 34-year-old Sean Kuilan.
Kuilan is not being charged with a hate crime.
Why not? Well, he’s gay.
According to The New York Post, New York Chief of Detectives James Essig claimed the suspect vandalized the place in defense of some gal he knows.
“Basically, what he says [is] he knows a girl who had a problem with one of the guys in the bar and he was ‘exacting revenge,’” Essig told the paper. “As of right now we don’t have any reason to believe it is [a hate crime].”
Indeed, Kuilan told authorities, “I’m gay myself,” as they took him out of the paddywagon and into court earlier this week.
Unlike other hate crime hoaxes, the suspect here doesn’t appear as if he is trying to perpetuate a false narrative.
For example, Jussie Smollett, perhaps the most famous hate crime hoax, used his celebrity status to push the notion that roaming bands of MAGA thugs were traversing through Chicago in the dead of night beating up Hollywood celebrities for being gay and liberal.
It obviously wasn’t true, but much of legacy media spun the narrative that conservatives had unleashed hate across the country. Smollett was all too eager to go along with it, perhaps to boost his own street cred in the entertainment industry.
Kuilan just seems like a guy seeking “revenge” — whatever that means — on behalf of his friend. There is no evidence that he was also using the crimes to push the idea that there is a wave of anti-LGBTQ violence.
As it stands, Bottcher and Levine’s tweets about the matter are still posted. So, as far as their followers are concerned, VERS was attacked due to homophobia and bigotry — which doesn’t appear to be true.
Don’t expect them to retract their statements either. The Left never lets the truth get in the way of a good story that advances their cause.
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