In the early afternoon hours today, a gunman (now in custody) attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killing 49 people. The gunman live-streamed his massacre on Facebook and posted links to the stream on 8chan, reddit, and other sites. He also posted a lengthy manifesto featuring the tell-tale signs of online radicalization by white supremacists.
In his manifesto, the gunman called Donald Trump a “symbol of white identity and common purpose.” In response to the attack, Trump tweeted another clumsy attempt at empathy, which lacks the forceful language he reserves for undocumented immigrants.
From the shooter's "manifesto" "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 god no" https://t.co/27M2zHdvJx
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) March 15, 2019
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
More ill-fitting salutations to victims of white ethnonationalist violence. He wished "best regards" to those injured in Charlottesville. https://t.co/jY8hdaOyKU
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) March 15, 2019
After each of these incidences of violent right-wing terrorism—now the major cause of terrorism in the United States—Trump can’t seem to bring himself to channel the anger of the targets, or the sorrow at their loss.
Every single extremist mass murder in the United States in 2018 was committed by conservatives and white supremacists.
ALL OF THEM. 100%.
This is where we are. And it’s spreading across the world online. And it is explicitly fueled by Donald Trump. https://t.co/HBwt220bPA
— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 15, 2019
But Trump will be gone at some point and the Republican Party will remain. Those who belong will have to reckon with the fact that they’ve tied their party to anincreasingly violent ideology of white supremacy.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 15, 2019
Violence against Muslims has become an engrained part of culture of the far right.
I can go to TJ Maxx right now and spot a guy with an “Armed Infidel” shirt on, shopping for shoes for his wife.
It doesn’t start with the mass shootings, it starts with the dehumanization.
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) March 15, 2019