CNN contributor Kirsten Powers calls Kate Steinle’s killing a ‘tragic accident’

The left has their narrative-spinning wheels turning at full speed.

After a San Francisco jury acquitted illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of the murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle,  CNN contributor Kirsten Powers immediately took to twitter to accuse President Trump of “bigotry.”

“Jury found that the shooting was an accident. Nonetheless Trump repeatedly portrayed this as a vicious intentional murder (versus a tragic accident) in an effort to stir up bigotry against Mexicans,” Powers wrote.

Garcia Zarate, a felon who had been deported five times before, was acquitted of murder in the first and second degrees, as well as of involuntary manslaughter.

President Trump condemned the verdict Thursday night.

The jury of six women and six men found him guilty of the charge of possession of a firearms by a felon. The gun Garcia Zarate used belonged to an agent for the Bureau of Land Management, who reported it stolen.

In an interview with ABC 7, the 45-year-old foreign national admitted to shooting Steinle as she walked along San Francisco’s Pier 14 with her father.

When initially confronted by criticism, Powers remained firm in her assertion that Garcia Zarate’s acquittal proved a lack of wrong-doing.

The CNN contributor did not note the long list of illegal actions committed by Garcia Zarate that led to Steinle’s death, including illegally entering the country, being arrested on a drug crime (for which he would have been deported if not for San Francisco’s sanctuary policy), and carrying a “found” firearm as a convicted felon.

After a flurry of Twitter backlash, Powers retreated to the position that Garcia Zarate was morally culpable–but that he does not represent all “undocumented immigrants.”

Shifting positions to deflect criticism is a common tactic of the left. But conservatives aren’t letting Powers live down her indefensible defense of an admitted killer.


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