Harris' Niece Deletes Tweet Calling Shooter 'White Man,' - ‘I Made an Assumption'
'Violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat to our country'
Kamala Harris's niece, Meena Harris, rushed to post an assumptive tweet following the tragic shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, calling the shooter a "violent white man."
But the suspected shooter turned out to be of Arabic descent.
Harris wrote in the now-deleted post:
“The Atlanta shooting was not even a week ago."
"Violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat to our country."
Reporter Caleb Hull took a screenshot of the post.
Following the backlash of the racist tweet, Harris complained, “Insecure men getting defensive about this my god y’all are so f***ing fragile.”
Insecure men getting defensive about this my god y'all are so fucking fragile— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 22, 2021
Harris was later forced to delete the post, but instead of apologizing, she offered belittling remarks for her mistake.
Harris said she thought the shooter was white because he was taken into custody “alive.”
She later claimed, “the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.”
“I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting,” Harris wrote.
“I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.”
I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting. I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 23, 2021
Harris later retweeted posts from Ilhan Omar complaining about the focus on the shooter’s identity.
“So ‘he’s Muslim’ is trending, did I miss ‘he’s Christian’ trending for last week’s Atlanta mass murderer?” Omar tweeted.
So “he's Muslim" is trending, did I miss "he's Christian" trending for last week’s Atlanta mass murderer? pic.twitter.com/1UHU6Iens5— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 23, 2021
Omar also wrote:
“The shooter’s race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white. Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day."
"Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted.”
The shooter's race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 23, 2021
Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day.
Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted.
The suspected shooter killed 10 people at King Soopers grocery store on Monday.
Members of the shooter's family told the Daily Beast he had mental illness, was “very anti-social” and paranoid.
According to the suspect's brother, in High school, he claimed he was “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” the brother said.
According to police officials, the suspect was born in Syria, but spent “most of his life in the United States,"
Ahmad Al-Issa’s identity was previously known to the FBI, according to the New York Times:
The gunman was armed with both a military-style semiautomatic rifle and a pistol when he walked into the King Soopers store on Monday and opened fire, officials said.
They identified the suspect who was arrested at the scene as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who lived in Arvada, a nearby suburb; he was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder, which in Colorado carries a penalty of life imprisonment without parole.
A police affidavit made public on Tuesday said that last week he bought a Ruger AR-556 semiautomatic pistol — essentially a shortened version of an AR-15 style rifle, which fires the same small-caliber, high-velocity ammunition, first developed for battlefield use. Statements from the police and the charging documents did not make fully clear what models of weapons he used in the attack, and whether the Ruger was one of them.
The suspect’s identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials.
When he was a senior at Arvada West High School, Mr. Alissa was convicted in 2018 of misdemeanor assault against another student in a classroom, and told the police at the time that it was in retaliation for insults and ethnic taunts. Fellow students recall him as having a fierce temper that would flare in response to setbacks or slights.