President Trump hit back at the media this morning for trying to find ways to blame him for the horrific attacks on two New Zealand mosques late last week:
“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,” Trump tweeted. “So Ridiculous!”
A 28-year-old Australian-born citizen live streamed the murderous rampage on Friday afternoon. He made his commitment to white nationalism clear from the onset.
Given the media’s urgency to call Trump a white nationalist in the first place… it’s no surprise that they’re trying to pin this on him.
According to Fox News:
A variety of news originations were quick to tie Trump to the horrific mass shooting.
The Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece headlined, “Trump’s rhetoric didn’t cause the New Zealand attack, but it isn’t helping.”
Piers Morgan penned a column for the Daily Mail headlined, “49 massacred innocent Muslims prove words can have lethal consequences, Mr. President. If you don’t ferociously disown the racist lunatics claiming to be inspired by you, you’ll be damned by your silence.”
“CBS This Morning” reporter Nikki Battiste cited a portion of the killer’s manifesto expressing support for Trump as a symbol of “white identity” (but not for his policies), while “Morning Joe” regular Donny Deutsch speculated that the president wouldn’t issue a strong enough statement because the victims were Muslim.
“I’m going to be curious to see President Trump’s reaction. Obviously he’ll condemn it. But his reactions when it’s a hate crime against Muslims or some of the groups he has exploited with his dog whistles. I certainly hope it’s a full-hearted, angry condemnation, and not in any way a pulled-back condemnation because Muslims were a target,” Deutsch said before Trump spoke out against the shooting.
Salon’s Chauncey Devega asked, “Does anyone doubt that Donald Trump inspired the New Zealand massacre?”
Devega added that “Trump didn’t pull the trigger in Christchurch,” but “the man who did praised him as a symbol of ‘white identity.’”
“During the second hour of ‘CNN Tonight’ and with almost no information [on] the shooter or shooters, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan claimed that ‘far-right terrorism’ was on the rise in the United States and blamed President Trump for attacks both here and abroad,” NewsBusters analyst Nicholas Fondacaro observed.
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta also tied language in the killer’s manifesto to things Trump has said in the past, while Don Lemon called Trump “ignorant” for saying white supremacists are a small group of people, adding “the racists think he’s racist, and they support him. He doesn’t want to lose that support.”
CNN, MSNBC and other mainstream media outlets have been filled with pundits either tying the killer’s rhetoric to Trump or slamming Trump for not doing enough to condemn the massacre. A CNN on-screen graphic on Monday morning mocked the president for tweeting about a variety of issues over the weekend without tweeting about the attack.
This is sickening.
At a time when what we need is UNITY against HATE… the media is simply exploiting the division for ratings and political gain.