Five people were killed and five others injured in an attack on a Colorado Springs LGBTQ Club late Saturday night. injured 19 more in an attack that’s being investigated as a hate crime.

According to court records, Monday’s Associated Press found that the suspect, aged 22, is facing five murder and five bias-motivated crimes causing bodily harm charges. The man was arrested in November 2013. had threatened his mom You can also make a bomb from your own materials.

Despite the appalling nature of the attack, after years of increasingly angry and at-times violent messaging from the political far right, many Coloradans and others in the broader LGBTQ community aren’t exactly surprised.

“As much as we are shocked by what happened, we’re not surprised, given the rhetoric that’s been happening across the United States in the last few years,” Colorado House Majority leader Daneya Esgar (D), and the co-founder of the state’s LGBTQ legislative caucus, said Sunday. “It’s been escalating.”

As a way to get voters to vote, political extremists have taken advantage of anti-LGBTQ messaging in order to garner campaign funds and ultimately to win power.

The Human Rights Campaign conducted research ahead of the 2022 midterm election. It found that candidates were being considered. spent at least $50 million Political ads that attack LGBTQ rights and transgender youth.

Anti-trans and pro-equality advertisements were seen in at least 25 US states. They spread falsehoods about gender affirming care and transgender kids and accused the “radical left” You can do things such as promote “radical gender identity,” That’s what it means.

Conservative media has also amplified this hate-filled obsession. Here’s a Media Matters clip, for example, of various right-wing figures who are convinced drag queens herald the end of civilization. Tucker Carlson urges viewers to watch the end. “arm themselves.”

Many of the rhetoric can traced back to fringe politicians.

In the days following the passage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” In August 2018, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric rose more than 400% in social media. An HRC report at the time Only 10 people were responsible to two-thirds the impressions on 500 of the most viewed videos “grooming” Twitter, which has more than 48 millions views.

The group includes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw, members of Congress like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), and pro-Trump activists like “Libs of TikTok” founder Chaya Raicheck.

Boebert, whose Colorado Springs district borders Colorado Springs, tweeted that the shooting had left a mark on his district. “are in my prayers.” Her long and distinguished history of smearing LGBTQ people on social mediaHer sincerity was immediately questioned.

“Thanks for the ‘thoughts and prayers’ but that does nothing to offset the damage that you directly did to incite these kinds of attacks on the LGBTQ+ community,” responded Rep. Brianna Titone (D), Colorado’s first openly transgender state representative. “You spreading tropes and insults contributed to the hatred for us. There’s blood on your hands. Just resign.”

“The LGBTQ+ community woke up this morning to yet another horrific event of murder. When politicians and pundits keep perpetuating tropes, insults, and misinformation about the trans and LTBGQ community, this is a result,” she added. “I’m angry & my heart breaks for those who lost their lives.”

Despite the attacks at a vigil Sunday at the All Souls Unitarian Church in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado’s First Gentleman Marlon Reis sounded a defiant, even optimistic tone.

“Every single one of us deserves to feel safe in our communities. And last night wasn’t just an attack on an LGBTQ+ nightclub, it was an attack on the very values that we hold most dear across our state and across our country. It was an attack on freedom,” Reis said. “Colorado should be a place where every person can live their life in peace, be who they are, love who they want to love. And we will settle for nothing less.”