WaPo has already talked to the ex-wife of Mateen. She said that he had beat her.
In a new interview, CBS talked to her and what appears to possibly be her new husband. They appear absolutely rational and get it.
They both tell CBS that the killings were not about ISIS or gay hate, but that Mateen was simply a very disturbed man.
What is really going on here is that the inflammatory rhetoric between ISIS and the US is getting these guys that are on the edge, mentally, juiced up. And they are using ISIS hate of America, and of gays, to do what they have an inclination to do anyway. It provides the moral cover they seem to require for their disturbed actions.
With Trump giving anti-Muslim speeches and painting the idea that there is a vast hate among Muslims of America, he is just goosing up red-blooded Americans to hate Muslims, which is something of a feedback loop that will result in more Muslims hating Americans.
The number of nutjobs on both sides willing to kill the other side will expand.
Stirring the us versus them mentality is Trump at his worst. It is the type of hatemongering F.A. Hayek warned about in Chapter 10, Why the Worst Get On Top, of the Road to Serfdom.
It is in connection with the deliberate effort of the skillful demagogue to weld together a closely coherent and homogeneous body of supporters that the third and perhaps most important negative element of selection enters. It seems to be almost a law of human nature that it is easier for people to agree on a negative program—on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off— than on any positive task. The contrast between the “we” and the “they,” the common fight against those outside the group, seems to be an essential ingredient in any creed which will solidly knit together a group for common action. It is consequently always employed by those who seek, not merely support of a policy, but the unreserved allegiance of huge masses. From their point of view it has the great advantage of leaving them greater freedom of action than almost any positive program. The enemy, whether be internal, like the “Jew” or the “kulak,” or external, seems to be an indispensable requisite in the armory of a totalitarian leader.Both sides need to ignore and condemn the hatemongers.