A man wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt allegedly shouted abuse outside the mosque that was the scene of New Zealand’s deadliest mass killing.
The incident was detailed on the Facebook page “Muslims in Christchurch and Canterbury,” where an image was posted of a man in a black T-shirt with the words “Trump 2020” on it, next to two police officers outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Deans Avenue, Christchurch.
Beneath the post, Adrian Wright wrote that he had seen the man outside the mosque who was “swearing and saying that all Muslims are terrorists and that we hate Jesus- in addition to saying that we all need to leave New Zealand, among other things.
The Daily Beast reports:
“He was there for about 15 minutes, he also kicked and tried to damage some of the memorial items along Deans Ave in front of the Masjid,” according to one unnamed person who said he witnessed the incident and discussed it on a local Muslim community page on Facebook. He posted a photo of a man in a Trump shirt next to two cops.
The report claims police—who have been stationed at the mosque with guns since the attack—decided not to arrest the man so as not to “potentially inflame the situation at that significant location.”
However, a police spokesperson told The Daily Beast: “Police are aware of a man who acted in a disorderly manner on Deans Avenue today, and are actively seeking him. He could face a disorderly behavior charge.”