The Daily Mail of London published a headline Friday that described the perpetrator of the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand as a “Trump-supporting white supremacist.”
However, as Bright Start News points out, in the killer’s 74-page manifesto, Trump’s name turns up only once.
“Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?
As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”
The attacks in Christchurch on Friday left 49 dead and at least 20 injured. Three people are in custody, including 28-year-old Australian-born citizen Brenton Tarrant.
The Daily Mail headline casting blame on Trump for the attacks has been replaced.
However, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is among the lawmakers who have turned the massacre into an attack on Trump.
“Words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,'” he said.
Blumenthal was referring to Trump’s reaction to the deadly violence in Charlottesville in August 2017 amid protests and counter-protests over the fate of a Civil War statue.
Democrats continue to push the narrative that Trump was affirming white supremacists when he said there were “good people” on both sides of the issue. However, Trump was referring to the debate over Civil War statues, and he condemned the white supremacists.
The White House reacted to leaders who cast blame on Trump for the New Zealand massacre.
It was “outrageous,” the statement said, to make any connection between the “deranged individual” and the president, “who had repeatedly condemned bigotry, racism, and has made it very clear that this is a terrorist attack.”
Meanwhile, the far-left news site AlterNet used a photograph of Fox News host Sean Hannity to illustrate a post titled “They don’t want you to ask where New Zealand attacker was radicalized.” The post blames the attack on “right-wing provocateurs.”
Tarrant, however, states in his manifesto he is not a conservative and describes himself as a socialist, “depending on the definition,” and an “eco-fascist” who sees communist China as the country that best embodies his beliefs.