After New Zealand attack, Trump says white nationalism not a widespread threat The Times of Israel

After New Zealand attack, Trump says white nationalism not a widespread threat The Times of Israel


After New Zealand attack, Trump says white nationalism not a widespread threat The Times of Israel The alleged killer appeared to have posted a lengthy manifesto earlier in which he claimed that white people were being overwhelmed and displaced by foreign cultures. In the document, filled with racist conspiracy theories, he referred to Trump as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose. Asked if hed seen the manifesto, Trump said: I did not see it. Trump has faced condemnation before for downplaying the threat of white supremacists. He originally condemned the 2017 Charlottesville rally after neo Nazis, Klansman, and other racists descended on the town, which resulted in one womans death after a Nazi sympathizer rammed his car into a crowd of people. Heather Heyer, a 32 year old legal assistant, was struck and killed. But in a follow up press conference days later, Trump held both sides responsible for the violence and equivocated the white nationalists chanting Jews will not replace us with the counter protesters. You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides, he said. Those comments were met with swift criticism from across the political spectrum. Earlier Friday, he announced that hed spoken with New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about the horrific massacre of Muslim worshippers. Tarrant, 28, posted a 73 page manifesto on social media before the attacks Friday in Christchurch. His overriding motive in carrying out the massacre was to remove non Europeans from European lands. I mostly agree with Sir Oswald Mosleys views and consider myself an Eco fascist by nature, he wrote. Mosley, an anti Semite who led a fascist movement and who sought to reconcile Britain and Nazi Germany before the war, was interned by the British during much of the war. Tarrant, an Australian, denied being an anti Semite so long as Jews live in Israel. A jew living in israel is no enemy of mine, so long as they do not seek to subvert or harm my people, he writes. A similar view of Jews was held by Anders Behring Breivik, the white supremacist who killed 77 young people in Norway in 2011 and whom Tarrant names as a role model. The gunmans manifesto was a welter of often politically contradictory views, touching on many of the most combustible issues of the day, among them the Second Amendment right to own guns, Muslim immigration, terrorist attacks and the wealthiest 1 percent. He portrayed himself as a racist and a fascist and raged against non Westerners, but said China is the nation that most aligns with his political and social values. The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of mass immigration. Last year, New Zealands prime minister announced that the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 in 2020. Ardern, whose party campaigned on a promise to take in more refugees, called it the right thing to do.

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