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Does Anyone Doubt That Donald Trump Inspired The New Zealand Massacre?


https://www.salon.com/2019/03/15/does-anyone-doubt-that-donald-trump-inspired-the-new-zealand-massacre/

Does Anyone Doubt That Donald Trump Inspired The New Zealand Massacre?

Trump didn't pull the trigger in Christchurch. But the man who did praised him as a symbol of "white identity"

Chauncey DeVega

March 15, 2019 2:05PM (UTC)

Words are weapons. Those weapons can be lethal.

The president of the United States gives both permission and encouragement for public's behavior, values and norms. This is true both in the United States and around the world. He or she is that powerful.

Earlier on Friday, a 28-year-old white man who appears to have described himself as "an actual fascist" entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, armed with assault rifles and killed at least 49 people, injuring many 20 others. New Zealand authorities also report that the attacker had placed two explosive devices on his vehicle, which apparently did not detonate.

In an especially gruesome contemporary twist, the gunman apparently streamed parts of the terror attack live on Facebook. Although that feed and other accounts apparently associated with the shooter have been taken down, the New York Times reports that both the 17-minute video and a manifesto apparently posted by the shooter have been widely disseminated on social media.

Three men and one woman have been taken into custody by New Zealand law enforcement, who have since said that one of those people is likely not involved. At this writing, reports suggest that the 28-year-old man, who by his own account was born and raised in Australia, may have been the sole shooter.

That man appears to have posted his hate-filled manifesto online before the attack. In it, he rages against "Islamic invaders" who are "occupying European soil," and specifically writes that he used guns to commit this massacre in order to call attention to debate about the Second Amendment in the United States. The alleged mass murderer also wrote that he had donated money to American white supremacist organizations, and quoted the "14 words" pledge often used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

According to various reports, the alleged terrorist specifically cited President Trump as an inspiration. His online manifesto praises Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose."

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/oceania/christchurch-shooter-s-manifesto-reveals-an-obsession-with-white-supremacy-over-muslims-20190315-p514ko.html

Friday's massacre appears to be another example of what is known as "stochastic terrorism" or "scripted violence." It is also another case study in how right-wing terrorists, with no official group affiliation, can be radicalized online

A person is judged by the company they keep. A person is also judged by the quality of those people who claim him or her as their compatriots, role models, guides or heroes.

As has been repeatedly documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations, Donald Trump is considered a hero by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The official Ku Klux Klan newspaper endorsed Trump for president in 2016.

https://www.splcenter.org/tell-president-trump-take-responsibility-hate-hes-unleashed

There has been a surge in hate crimes, including violent crimes against Jews, Muslims and immigrants of various backgrounds, since Trump launched his presidential campaign nearly four years ago.

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2018/08/23/president-trump-stoking-white-nationalism-exploiting-racist-fear

Trump's closest advisers have included people with apparent sympathy for white nationalism and the "alt-right," including current White House adviser Stephen Miller and former White House strategist and campaign chair Steve Bannon, along with former advisers Michael Anton and Sebastian Gorka. Other lower-level officials in the Trump administration appear to share similar racist views.

There have been many documented examples of assaults and other forms of violence by Donald Trump supporters, in some cases wearing MAGA hats and other regalia, shouting his slogans or claiming to act in his name. These hateful actions have included the so-called MAGA bomber, the man who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and the neo-Nazi mass murderer who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/here-is-a-list-of-far-right-attackers-trump-inspired-cesar-sayoc-wasnt-the-first-and-wont-be-the-last/

As shown by Friday's massacre in New Zealand, Trump-inspired violence is not limited to the United States. A Canadian right-wing terrorist was moved by Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric to kill six Muslims at a Quebec mosque in 2017.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mosque-shooting-bissonette-1.4597998

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Ultimately, there are so many examples of Donald Trump's racism and bigotry that to list them all would be a near-endless task. Trump has suggested that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, included "very fine people." He sought to ban Muslims from entering the United States and pursued a policy of separating black and brown children from their families and placing them in concentration camps. He has suggested that Latino immigrants are a natural criminal class who come to America with the express goal of raping and killing white people.

Trump has described predominantly black nations such as Haiti and Nigeria as "shitholes." He basically abandoned the people of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, implying that they were lazy and did not deserve humanitarian aid. At least 5,000 people died.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/29/615120123/study-puts-puerto-rico-death-toll-at-5-000-from-hurricane-maria-in-2017

Trump has shared neo-Nazi talking points and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter. He has condemned the Black Lives Matter movement and has said that African-American athletes who exercise their constitutionally protected freedom of protest are traitors who should be kicked out of the United States.

Trump was and remains one of the leading voices for the "birther" conspiracy theory alleging that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and may be a secret Muslim. The Trump administration is working to remove any language in UN documents that condemns racism, xenophobia, bigotry or nationalism.

https://www.salon.com/2018/07/11/donald-trumps-startling-global-agenda-taking-white-supremacy-worldwide/

Likely at the direction of Stephen Miller (who himself is Jewish), the Trump administration omitted any mention of the genocidal violence suffered by the Jewish people under the Nazi regime from the 2017 annual Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

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More generally, Trump's administration has launched a wide-ranging initiative to change immigration laws to ensure that the United States remains a majority white country.

Some would like to look away from this list. Others will find it tedious and complain that they have have seen this all before. Some will mutter that we all know that Trump is a racist, and so what? And yes, too many other people who will see such a list and feel validation. Numbness to this kind of horror is one of the main ways through which evil is normalized.

Early on Monday morning, Donald Trump issued the obligatory public statement condemning the Christchurch massacre, apparently committed by a self-identified fascist who claimed him as an inspiration. The president wrote, "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques."

As usual at such moments, there is something deeply awkward and strained about Trump's pronouncement. It might almost be comical if the circumstances were not deeply tragic. We all understand the reason for that awkwardness. Trump's policies, statements and worldview does not value the lives of Muslims -- or nonwhite people more generally--as equal to those of white Americans.

Trump's words of condolence stink of rancid hypocrisy, which is nothing new. On this terrible day for the world, the smell is worse than ever.

Chauncey DeVega

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at Chaunceydevega.com. He also hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show. Chauncey can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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Is this thread supposed be a joke? Your comments are hilarious.

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Why? Let's see you make a rational argument. I myself want to see definitive proof before saying he inspired anything. Partly because it's gives that egomaniac far too much power and partly because he's not the problem, he's a symptom. This country and this world already had small, petty, hate filled fools in it....he just got power because of them. He's the visible tumor. He's not the disease but the sign that things are bad.


And lastly, I don't think he inspired them because he is utterly uninspiring. That's why he appeals to the weakest segment of the population.

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Every time, and I mean EVERYTIME some story comes about Trump supporters attacking people, its fake news. Always. This happened in New Zealand. I assume the Holocaust was Trump's fault. 9/11 was in response to a MAGA hat.

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I'm amazed.

You seem to be of the same inbred ilk that would think the Holocaust was fake and 9/11 was a government plot!

But still....no cogent response. Because to answer your sparse assertion, it's easy to blame MAGA Morons when the Oompa-Loompa -In-Chief is on tape multiple times encouraging them to be violent.



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How is someone in new Zealand MAGA?

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How is someone in New Zealand a Trump supporter? Because that's the point of yours I was addressing.

BUFFOON!


Still waiting on that reasoned explanation.

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"How is someone in new Zealand MAGA?"

The shooter advocated a Make European Soil White Again mindset.

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It's sad that liberals equate nationalism to racism. Fucking stupid really. You people hate America so much, you call people racist who have pride in this country.

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"It's sad that liberals equate nationalism to racism."

The shooter wasn't "liberal", the shooter wrote what I posted in his manifesto, he was an "alt-right" white supremacist

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https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5770516/The-Great-Replacement-New-Zealand-Shooter.pdf

---- We must crush immigration and deport those invaders already living on our soil. It is not just a matter of our prosperity, but the very survival of our people.

---- Why did you carry out the attack?
-- To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people.
-- To incite violence, retaliation and further divide between the European people and the invaders currently occupying European soil.

--- The invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed.

---- Our lands are not their home, they can return to their own lands or found their homelands elsewhere. But they will not occupy our soil.

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You got that right! He was inspired by Trump. That says it all. The shooter will be going to jail for life.

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Trolling is original, unique and creative. You're totally not blandly parroting the exact styles and strategies copied by thousands of others. You totally don't sound indistinguishable from the other trolls, and it totally doesn't give the impression of an ultraconformist hive mind mentality.

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I agree. Temp.One has to be a troll

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Right, does anyone doubt someone has Trump Derangement Syndrome?

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I blame you. You told us it was okay to kill Muslims. Even after all these years you still defend the Iraq war.

Maybe next time the media tries to whip people into a frenzy by telling us Trump is a white supremacist who's going to start nuclear war, you can say something other than "OMG it's all true!"

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Trolling is original, unique and creative. You're totally not blandly parroting the exact styles and strategies copied by thousands of others. You totally don't sound indistinguishable from the other trolls, and it totally doesn't give the impression of an ultraconformist hive mind mentality.

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https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5770516/The-Great-Replacement-New-Zealand-Shooter.pdf

---- Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?
-- As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear g/d no.

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Trump today called immigration an 'invasion' (again....). So did the New Zealand shooter.

People hate the word “invasion,” but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-national-security-humanitarian-crisis-southern-border-2/

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Eventually Trump will be gone and you wont have him to blame all of your problems on.

This is what the terrorist wants, you're letting him win.

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Eventually Trump will be gone and you won't have a President blaming immigrants and China and Muslims and Refugees and Latin American Children and Mexico and Caravans and Obama's SuperSpyware and Democrats and Leftists and Liberals and Socialists and Hillary and Fake News and Witchhunts and Reality Winner and the Deep State and James Comey and Special Counsel and Fake Dossiers and Mexican Judges and California and Transgenders and Baby Killers and the IRS and NAFTA and the EPA and Females and Students and the Department of Education and HUD and HHS and the FBI and the CIA and Veterans and the Veterans Administration and Europe and Nato and NASA and Science and the CDC and Consumer Protection and Wall Street Financial Sectour Regulations and the US Constitution and Congress and the very Bible Itself and the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations and the International Criminal Court and Clean Green Energy and Air and Water and Land and Lori Loughlin for all your problems.

That is what the terrorist Trump and Republicans want, for you to blame everybody else for your problems, and you let him win.

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Try punctuation.

You're the problem.

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Try English and try responding to the content instead of personal attacks. Your illiteracy and your inability to address content and your sole desire to smash people off the planet you don't like is the problem.

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Dude ... you really like to type, don't you?

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Dude ... you really do nothing but attack people and films, don't you? No substance whatsoever.

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Let's not forget Hillary's emails and the brown suit Obama wore while in office! Those are big factors why the country is in the chaos that it's in.

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Yep, can't blame Michelle's school lunch policy, Michelle's arms, Obama's dijon mustard, Obama's golf vacations, Obama's IRS that "targeted Republicans", Michelle's declaration of feeling proud about America, Obama's binder clip, Obama's Fake Birth Certificate, Obama's Preacher Jeremiah "Chickens Coming Home To Roost" Wright, etc, for all their problems....

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But the hate mongering dittoheads brainwashed by foreign sourced fake news that elected him will still be here, they are the problem, Trump is a symptom.

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The shooter in New Zealand was inspired by Trump. That says a lot!

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Trump is also responsible for inciting the man who killed people in the Jewish temple. There's a reason why so many white supremacists look up to Trump.

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