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Today in Conservative Media: Katy Perry’s “Sinister” Reaction to Manchester

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Katy Perry attends 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California.

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A number of conservative outlets ran posts Wednesday on Katy Perry’s comments about the Manchester bombing. “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it,” she said in a radio interview. “Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

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At the Blaze, Matt Walsh called Perry’s remarks “vapid,” “ridiculous,” and “sinister”:

[W]hen she tells us to respond to these tragedies with “love,” she means only that we ought not do anything to actively stop it from happening again. Instead, we should throw our hands up in loving surrender, and if more of us are brutally slaughtered, well, that’s a price Katy Perry is willing to pay.

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Of course, the most egregious hypocrisy is in the bit about “borders and barriers,” which are the two things left wing celebrities always point to as the cause of all misery and strife on the planet. Yet Katy Perry scolds us for our “borders and barriers” from the security of her private estate, protected around the clock by walls and gates and a security detail.

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On Fox & Friends, Michelle Malkin condemned Perry for her ignorance about the threat posed by “Islamic imperialists.” “It is just more of that sort of limousine, Gulfstream liberal mindset of these celebrities who just do not operate in any sense of reality.”

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Perry responded to Malkin on Twitter, saying that her remarks had been taken out of context.

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The comments of another pop star drew praise from conservative outlets. Morrissey, the former frontman of the Smiths, criticized the political response to the attack in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday. “Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us’, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues,” he wrote. “Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration.”

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Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien was impressed: “He is clearly not interested in hearing what his country’s elites have to say.”

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“Morrissey’s statement on the Manchester attack is as clear as anything he has ever written,” the Federalist’s David Marcus wrote. “People want to kill us, and while politicians live safe and sound the people live under the threat of terror. This terror has a name, whether we are willing to say it or not.”

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In other news:

Rush Limbaugh voiced nagging concerns about Trump’s Middle East trip on his radio show:

[F]olks, what Trump’s doing with the Saudis and Islam is not consistent with the Trump on the campaign trail. It just isn’t. Think of it what you will, but it isn’t consistent. The Saudi Arabians were public enemy number one. Iranians maybe a close second or a tie. We spent too much money giving arms and so forth to the Saudis. It was not gonna happen anymore, America first. We were not gonna be engaging in this kind of thing, and here we are doing it.

And at National Review, Ben Shapiro predicted that anti-Trump furor will pay off for the Democrats:

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All they need to do is tear down Republicans and then wait for either a major bill to pass or a major mistake for them to hang their hats on. That’s why it’s so important for Republicans to pass legislation that makes a difference — not deeply unpopular third-rail politics like Obamacare repeal, but tax cuts, for example. And that’s why it’s absolutely foolish for Republicans to assume that because Trump retains popularity among his base, his behavior with regard to the firing of FBI director James Comey won’t haunt him in future elections.

How will Shapiro and other conservative writers react to the newly released CBO score? We’ll see tomorrow.

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