WASHINGTON, D.C. – The mainstream Liberal media exploded yesterday after U.S. President Trump played down any threat posed by racist white nationalism after the gunman accused of the New Zealand mosque massacre called the president “a symbol of renewed white identity.”
The President declined to join expressions of mounting concern about white nationalism, saying “I don’t, really” when asked by CNN whether he thought it was a rising threat around the world.
“I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” Trump said. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.” Expressing his sympathy for the victims who died in the mass shooting of 49 Muslim worshipers at 2 mosques in Christchurch New Zealand, Friday.
Trump was asked about white nationalism and the shooting deaths of 49 people at mosques in Christchurch after he formally vetoed Congress’ resolution to block his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexico border.
His veto, aimed at freeing money to build more miles of a border wall against illegal immigration, is expected to survive any congressional effort to overturn it.
Questioned about the accused gunman’s reference to him, Trump professed ignorance.
“I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it,” he said. “But I think it’s a horrible event … a horrible, disgraceful thing and a horrible act.”
The man accused of the shootings, left behind a lengthy document that outlined his motivations.
He proudly stated that he was a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants and was set off by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. In a single reference, he mentioned the U.S. president.
The White House immediately denounced the connection.
President Trump himself telephoned New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, offering condolences, prayers and any help the U.S. might be able to provide.
Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Blumenthal immediately blamed President Donald Trump and his supporters for a massacre Friday at two Zealand mosques.
Appearing on CNN shortly after the news broke, the Connecticut Democrat referenced Trump’s 2017 comments that “both sides” shared responsibility for a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that included white supremacist groups.
“Words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,’” Blumenthal told anchor Alyson Camerota.
The senator, a frequent Trump critic and target, also apportioned some of the blame to “the people who enable” Trump.
“I think it’s more than the president, it’s the people who enable him, and who fail to stand up to him and speak out,” Blumenthal said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a similar point on Twitter. She linked the attack in New Zealand to white supremacist shootings in the United States, and said that Trump has de-funded federal programs designed to combat “the spread of white supremacist hate groups.”
The freshman New York Democrat, who frequently fights with conservatives online, went on in a series of tweets to instruct “white Americans” on how to “address the problem of white supremacy and violence.”
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez had bizarrely used the shootings to criticize the National Rifle Association.
Both Blumenthal and Ocasio-Cortez faced conservative backlash for instantly framing another country’s tragedy in highly partisan American terms.
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