CNN wasted no time jumping on the attack Friday on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that claimed the lives of at least 49 people to suggest President Donald Trump is to blame.
And while CNN’s John Berman pointed to the uttering of a deranged shooter to put the tragedy at the doorstep of the White House, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, was not about to let him get away with it.
“I have a question. Does God need to change people’s language? And I ask you that, because this killer apparently in a screed, some people call it a manifesto, said he’s a supporter of President Trump as a symbol of white identity. Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity,” CNN’s John Berman asked.
One of the shooters reportedly uploaded a 74-page manifesto that included a brief mention of Trump.
When asked if he was a Donald Trump supporter, the man replied: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a police maker and leader? Dear god no.”
Kinzinger push back right away.
“I think God needs to change people’s hearts and I bet he does,” the Republican said. “He needs to change their language. You cannot put this on President Trump.”
Yet, after putting it on Trump, Berman had the audacity to say he didn’t — and then doubles down on the despicable assertion.
“I’m not putting this on President Trump. There is a one man who pulled the trigger here,” Berman countered. “The person who is giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here.”
“He called him a symbol of white identity,” he continued. “The language he uses in this manifesto is all about invaders. It is all about invaders, which is similar language to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and language President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election. The word invader means something to white supremacists around the world. Why?”
The CNN host is seizing on the series of invading caravans of illegal immigrants that marched on our southern border to make the connection via the term “invader,” and Kinzinger again stressed that this does not rest on the president.
“We can’t sit here and say, ‘What is it that President Trump is doing that is somehow triggering these people?'” he said. “This is an evil man who made a decision to murder 49 people and that is on him and, frankly, the evil in his heart.”
And again, Berman linked the event directly to Trump.
“If this monster is hearing something in the word invader and the president is using the word invader, can the president really not do anything” he asked.
Kinzinger pointed out that hatred driven by religion or race has been around since the beginning of humanity and if the gunman was triggered by language, it was not Trump doing the triggering.
Trump offered his condolences via Twitter, promising U.S. support.
The president tweeted: “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Democrats like Sen. Richard Blumenthal, from Connecticut, appeared on CNN in a rush to judgment to not only directly blame Trump for the terror attack, but also the president’s supporters.
“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 said.
The comment being a reference to Trump’s comment after the violent Charlottesville rally, when he said of the debate over Confederate statues that there were “some very fine people on both sides.”
The remark was manipulated by the Trump-hating liberal media to be an endorsement of the white supremacist group Unite the Right, which held the rally protesting against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
“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. “I think that the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of these actions.”
Absolutely despicable, coming from a man who lied about his service in Vietnam after obtaining at least five military deferments between 1965 and 1970 — 14 Medal of Honor recipients denounced the Democrat for the “stolen valor.”
While Democrats and their media cohorts are quick to cherrypick parts of the terrorist’s so-called manifesto that cheer ‘the right’, they are conveniently neglecting to mention the numerous parts of the same non-sensical manifesto that praise the left and condemn the right. The shooter said he aimed to deepen the political divide — and with the help of many Dems and their lapdog media, it’s working.
Conservative political commentator Steven Crowder took to Twitter to note that the media is being dishonest in its coverage of what the manifesto actually says — he even threatened to publish the contents of the screed.
I’ve read the #NewZealandShooting manifesto. The man outright rejects conservatism, claims he is not a Christian, and a “maybe” left-wing “Eco-fascist”. I don’t want to post it, but if the media continues to lie…
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 15, 2019
So the New Zealand shooter openly writes that he wants a white ethno-state and that he hates conservatives. He then claims that a black conservative, Candace Owens, is his inspiration… And the media buys this?!
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 15, 2019
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