Donald Trump has angrily complained he is being blamed for the far-right terror attack in Christchurch, which has claimed the lives of 50 people. The US president was criticised following the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last week, after he initially tweeted a link to Breitbart, a far-right website with a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
He later extended his “warmest sympathy” and “best wishes” to the “people of New Zealand, but failed to label the shootings a terror attack or criticise the white supremacist ideology behind it – in stark contrast to his rapid response to Islamist terror attacks.
The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
New Zealand massacre suspect praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
1. Advocated banning all Muslims from the U.S.
2. Praised the (apocryphal) killing of Muslims with pigs blood
3. Proposed creating registry of all Muslims
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 15, 2019
Beginning in 2016, Trump has repeatedly told this Islamophobic and very fake story about 49 Muslims being killed pic.twitter.com/whorNLyWA7
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 16, 2019
— Trump Watch™ (@TrumpWatch) March 10, 2019