Trump: ‘Fake News Media’ Trying to Blame Me For New Zealand Attacks
The gunman mentioned Trump and a list of conservative voices in sick manifesto
President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that the establishment media are attempting to connect him to the tragic New Zealand shooting which targeted two mosques last week.
The gunman mentioned Trump and a list of conservative voices, including Candice Owens in his manifesto, putting pressure on the president to address wild accusations that he inspired the violence.
'The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!' Trump tweeted on the attack.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said that it was 'absurd' to link Trump to the shootings.
"The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that," he said on 'Fox News Sunday.'
"And to simply ask the question, every time something like this happens overseas, or even domestically, to say, oh, my goodness, it must somehow be the president's fault speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining sort of the institutions that we have in the country today," he added.
Mulvaney asserted it was 'absurd' to use Trump's tough stand on illegal immigration as a link to the attacks.
The alleged shooter, who termed the president a symbol of 'white identity,' claimed that a Muslim immigrant 'invasion' was replacing white people.
Mulvaney said it was no fairer to call the alleged shooter a Trump supporter than to called eco-terrorist a supporter of Nancy Pelosi.
"I don't think it's fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump any more than it is to look at his - sort of his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto that align him with Nancy Pelosi or Ms. Ocasio-Cortez," he said.
The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Bin Laden sends warmest sympathy & best wishes to all New Yorkers. https://t.co/f4IKJsOdOb— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 15, 2019
"This was a disturbed individual, an evil person, and to try and tie him to an American politician from either party probably ignores some of the deeper, difficulties that this sort of activity exposes," Mulvaney said.
According to a report from CNN:
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said President Donald Trump's rhetoric heightened tensions before calling on him to condemn bigotry against Muslims.
"I don't think you can actually take each of the murderous acts and say what role Donald Trump played, but I can tell you this: his rhetoric doesn't help," Klobuchar said on CNN's "State of the Union."
"And many of these people, whether it was the person who tried to bomb Barack Obama or this murderer in New Zealand, have cited Donald Trump along the way."
The White House responded on Friday following questions about the manifesto released by the New Zealand attacker before he began his rampage.
"It’s outrageous to even make that connection between this deranged individual that committed this evil crime to the president, who had repeatedly condemned bigotry, racism, and has made it very clear that this is a terrorist attack," said Mercedes Schlapp.
"We are there to support and stand with the people of New Zealand," Schlapp told reporters.
Hollywood celebrities also wasted no time in blaming President Donald Trump on Twitter.
Jeffrey Wright tweeted: “Bin Laden sends the warmest sympathy & best wishes to all New Yorkers."
To the Muslim community— my heart is broken by the horror & loss in New Zealand. We are with you, we see you, and we will fight white supremacy and Islamaphobia until we are all free of fear. ChristchurchMosque,” Debra Messing said.