Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump complains about media trying to 'blame' him for NZ terror attack

Trump complains about media trying to 'blame' him for NZ terror attack

United States President Donald Trump says the "fake news media" is unfairly trying to blame him for that Christchurch shootings that killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers.

The self-avowed white supremacist who carried out last week's shooting in Christchurch left a hate-filled, 74-page manifesto that referred to Trump as a symbol of "renewed white identity and common goal".

"They will have to work very hard to prove that one", he posted overnight.

In an interview over the weekend, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said it was "absurd" to draw a connection between Trump's many statements about immigration and the accused shooter's own words on the subject, spelled out in a lengthy manifesto that referred to immigrants as "invaders within our lands" and called Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of numerous Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination to oppose Trump in the 2020 election, said on Twitter after the New Zealand attack, "Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them".

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However, he courted controversy Friday when he played down the wider implications of the gunman's ideology, saying that violent white nationalism is not a growing problem.

"I think sometimes you simply have to yield to the objective evidence, and that is it points to [Trump] being sympathetic to that point of view", Ellison said on CNN, before referencing a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is a freshman and major proponent of a plan, named the Green New Deal, for tackling climate change.

On Trump's comments specifically, Greenblatt brought up stats from the past year to say "he's wrong on the facts". "I'm not sure how many times we have to say that".

He said Trump and others should be calling out global white supremacy.

In 2016, when Mr Trump was running for president, he was quoted as saying, "I think Islam hates us".

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