White House counselor Kellyanne Conway encouraged Fox News viewers to read the entirety of the New Zealand mass shooter’s manifesto on Monday as if right-wing extremists need more motivation to carry out future acts of violence.
Trump’s failure to condemn white nationalism and demonstrate his support for Muslims after a white supremacist murdered 49 people inside a mosque at Christchurch last week is well-documented and has been roundly criticized.
Despite the fact that the shooter espoused anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views in his manifesto, Trump continued to use the same language such as referring to immigrants as “invaders” while not saying a single word in support of the Muslim community.
That speaks volumes about how this president really feels about the terrorist attack. And he has been rightly identified as a motivator for the shooter, who wrote that while he disagrees with Trump’s government policies, he sees Trump as “a symbol of renewed identity and common purpose.”
That “identity” is white nationalism. The “common purpose” is eradicating non-Christians and people of color to preserve the white race.
But Conway, of course, denied Trump shares any blame for this tragedy during a Fox News interview on Monday morning.
“It’s predictable and outrageous,” Conway said. “In fact, this man compares his motivations to that of the mass shooter in Norway in 2011… This president condemns hate and evil and bigotry and we will continue to do so. People should feel safe, but they should especially feel safe in their places of worship and we’ve seen far too often where that is not the case.”
Again, Trump has repeatedly attacked Muslims before and since taking office, even going so far as to enact an unconstitutional Muslim ban early on in his presidency and demonizing Muslims as terrorists at nearly every rally.
Conway concluded by trying to rewrite the New Zealand shooter’s ideology and suggested Fox News viewers read the whole manifesto.
“He put out a 70-page manifesto, and I guess everybody scoured it and searched for Donald Trump’s name, and there it is one time,” she said. “But he also said he aligns closely with the ideology of China, he’s not a conservative, he’s not a Nazi, I think he referred to himself as an ‘eco-naturalist’ or ‘eco-fascist.’ People should read it in its entirety.”
Here’s the video via Twitter.
Kellyanne Conway says “people should read the entire” New Zealand shooter’s manifesto, so they understand Trump did not inspire the attack. pic.twitter.com/YDsFTTtBuG
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 18, 2019
The last thing Fox News viewers need is to read a manifesto they likely agree with that will provide motivation that will send them over the edge at a time when white nationalist violence is on the rise.
But it appears that’s what Conway and Trump want. Perhaps her husband George Conway will want to have her mental health examined as well.
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