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The terrorist that massacred at least 49 people in New Zealand admired President Donald Trump‘s white nationalist and anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to a manifesto the Australian national published online before the attack.

The individual, clad in military gear and whose vehicle was rigged with explosives, stormed into two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand’s largest city, and opened fire on unsuspecting Muslim worshipers. He live-streamed the attack and his attempted escape on Facebook.

The assailant wrote in his manifesto that he supports Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” although “as a policymaker and leader? Dear god no.” He added that his other inspiration was Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who in 2015 murdered nine black worshipers in Charleston, South Carolina church.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled the incident a “terrorist attack” that now marks “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

Meanwhile, Trump offered his “warmest sympathy” and “best wishes” to the survivors and families of the victims “in the Mosques.”

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

The president’s paltry response was not well-received.

“Warmest sympathies and best wishes” seems like oddly inappropriate verbiage for a president’s comments on a mass killing. https://t.co/nRKFWY4ksO

— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 15, 2019

Even in the face of mass murder, you are unwilling to condemn white supremacy. The shooter, your fan, thinks you are “a symbol of renewed white identity.” “Warmest sympathy and best wishes” do not begin to address the hatred you have unleashed.

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 15, 2019

Wanted for Inciting Violence: Donald John tRump

— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 15, 2019

Your anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hatred and rhetoric has emboldened terrorists not only in the United States but across the globe Trump.

This is your legacy, are you up tools, or racist inciter of violence

— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) March 15, 2019

”best wishes”?!!! You are a psychopath.

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 15, 2019

What a legacy Trump has crafted for himself, stemming in part from his ban on Muslims entering the United States.

As the President of the United States, one of your first acts was to ban Muslims. Your hateful, anti- Muslim, anti refugee words are heard around the world and can inspire the very worst in humans. You are not blameless in this slaughter

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 15, 2019

The hatred you stoke against Muslims, against immigrants, against the press, against ‘others’- your reluctance to condemn whiite supremacy and your utter lack of moral leadership, leads to the horrors New Zealand is now enduring

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 15, 2019

You inspired this man.

— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 15, 2019

This tweet after you threatened violence by your supporters in a Breitbart interview last night.

The white supremacist shooter praised you by name as a symbol of “renewed white identify.”

You tweeted a link to Breitbart and your interview well after the news was reported.

— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) March 15, 2019

True to form, right after offering “best wishes,” Trump launched a fresh attack on the FBI and American intelligence agencies.

The terrorist that massacred at least 49 people in New Zealand admired President Donald Trump’s white nationalist and anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to a manifesto the Australian national published online before the attack.


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