Buried amongst the details now leaking out about the life of confessed mass-murderer Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 innocent people in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week, is the fact that in addition to the racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs found in the private Instagram group chat he frequented, was a remarkable boast.
According to the account of Cruz’s Instagram activity on CNN, ” Cruz bragged about writing a letter to President Donald Trump — and receiving a response.” CNN contacted the White House for a comment about any potential correspondence between Trump and the shooter but received no response.
What Cruz wrote to the President, and what sort of response he received in return, is still unknown, but given the pervasive racism prevalent in the chat group, chances are good that it had something to do with the President’s immigration agenda. Cruz wrote in the group about his hatred of “jews, ni**ers, immigrants” and talked openly and seriously in the group about “killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks.”
This is the same mindset that a president fond of calling countries without a white majority “shitholes” continues to encourage by example.
The President’s reply to Cruz’s letter was most likely a form letter written by an anonymous White House staffer, but his real reply to Cruz can be seen in his actions, and most assuredly in his inaction on pressing Congress for real reform on gun regulations that can and will reduce the scourge of violence in this country.