On Friday, The Washington Post published a purported “news” article that gushed over Laura Calderwood for her continued political and personal support of illegal aliens even after her daughter Mollie Tibbetts was allegedly raped and murdered by one earlier this year. Although most of the Post’s piece focused on Calderwood’s adoption of a teenage boy who was a close family friend and relative of Tibbetts’s accused killer, parts of it were also dedicated to demonizing parents who have responded differently to their children’s murders by illegal immigrants.
The Post’s story — titled “Trump used her slain daughter to rail against illegal immigration. She chose a different path” — was written by “social issues” reporter Terrence McCoy. As the title suggests, McCoy’s piece did spend some time criticizing Trump as an opportunistic exploiter of Tibbetts’s death, but the reporter devoted far more space to attacking angel moms and dads as hateful and obsessive racists for supporting stricter enforcement of immigration laws and harsh punishments for their kids’ murderers [emphasis in bold mine throughout]:
The stories almost always begin the same way. A son or daughter is dead, and an undocumented immigrant is blamed. Aggrieved and adrift, the parents search for meaning in it all, some finding what they can in obsession and hatred. “In my life we’re going to find the trash who killed my kid,” said Scott Root of Council Bluffs, Iowa, whose daughter, Sarah Root, 21, was killed in 2016, allegedly by an undocumented drunk driver who was released after partially paying bail, then disappeared. Others find meaning in political transformation. “I became a Republican,” said Sabine Durden of Mineral Springs, Ark., whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant in a traffic collision. And still others in activism: “My story needed to get out,” said Laura Wilkerson of Pearland, Tex., whose son, Josh Wilkerson, 18, was beaten to death in 2010 by an undocumented immigrant.
Then there is Laura Calderwood. Fifty-five, with curly blond hair and a halting gait, she is a lifelong liberal who didn’t abandon her politics. She feels anger like the others, but not toward an entire group of people. She’s not afraid of the demographic change remaking the country. But she does fear the deepening polarization. So she never goes to political rallies — never speaks publicly [Note: except to the Post, it appears!] — because she believes that would just inflame things. Instead, she tries to live every day, including this one, just as she did before it all happened.