Former senior Obama administration advisor David Axelrod has been silent since the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects were positively identified Friday as Muslim immigrants from Chechnya. This reticence is a stark contrast to Axelrod’s speculation earlier this week that President Obama has avoided saying the Boston Marathon bombing might be related to “Tax Day.”
Axelrod said, in conversation with MSNBC host Chuck Todd, that the words “terrorist attack” have taken on a different meaning since 9/11 when the U.S. was attacked on its own soil by Islamic extremist terrorists.
“You use those words and it means something very specific in people’s minds,” said Axelrod. “And I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this.”
“It was tax day,” he said, “Is it someone who was pro-?”
Axelrod quickly cut himself off before continuing on and stating, “You just don’t know. And so, I think, his attitude is let’s not put any inference into this.”
“Let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible,” he said.
Tax Day for 2013 fell on the civic holiday of Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. Tax Day is also a significant day for the Tea Party, which favors small government and low taxes.
The Left, however, has branded the Tea Party as a violent and racist movement. Progressive commentators — including Michael Moore and Chris Matthews — were quick to place blame for Monday’s tragedy on the Tea Party.
But since the bombing suspects — Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and now-deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, both brothers — were positively identified by the authorities Friday morning, and their religious and cultural heritage was unearthed, Axelrod has not surfaced to retract his speculation.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a self-described “very religious” Muslim boxer, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev listed on his social media profile that his worldview as “Islam.” Their family had fled from Chechnya, a disputed region in Russia, to the United States during the early 1990s.
The brothers, who are suspected to have killed an MIT police officer, engaged the authorities in a firefight late Thursday evening in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. Authorities engaged in a manhunt against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, leading them to institute a lockdown of the Watertown area near Boston until 6:12pm ET Friday evening.
The Daily Caller reached out to the University of Chicago Institute of Politics where Axelrod is the director, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.