Right on cue, everyone on the right-wing who has spent years promoting hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric and demonizing immigrants as “invaders” are falling over themselves to distance themselves from the white supremacist who murdered over 40 people last night in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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.@benshapiro and his employees are telling people not to read about the latest mosque shooter's motive. Is he deflecting because he's afraid it might lead back to him again? pic.twitter.com/D1Gdrjnh2K
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) March 15, 2019
One of those people is Donald Trump Jr., who tried to double-dip and used his “ignore the shooter and everything he believed in” tweet to attack the mainstream media for promoting hate.
Don’t give the POS NZ shooter what he wants. Don’t speak his name don’t show the footage. Seems that most agree on that. The questions is can the media do what’s right and pass up the ratings they’ll get by doing the opposite? I fear we all know the answer unfortunately.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 15, 2019
But as professional Nazi hunter and Charlottesville community organizer Molly pointed out, Don Jr.’s tweet is nothing more than a disgusting effort to cover up the role that he and his father’s virulent Islamophobia played in motivating the shooter, who specifically cited Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
Don Jr. himself is no stranger to appallingly racist and dehumanizing statements about Muslims and immigrants, having once comparing Syrian refugees to “poisoned Skittles” and more recently compared immigrants to “caged zoo animals.”
For him to use this as an excuse to wage his father’s disturbing war against the media is utterly despicable and beyond the pale — which means it is perfectly on-brand for Trump Jr., who seems to have abandoned any pretense of doing any work at the Trump Organization and instead has devoted himself to becoming a right-wing edgelord poster full time.
Social media users were not impressed with his transparent attempt to protect his dad and hammered him for it:
40 people are dead and you’re using this as an opportunity to indict the media? every day you reach a new low.
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) March 15, 2019
As a Kiwi, and a reporter, can I just say: we don’t need your input. pic.twitter.com/CHcAJYKtHr
— Chris Morris (@JournoMan) March 15, 2019
How about the dizzying rise in racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic attacks & killings since daddy started his public racist rants & policies ? You need to stfu until you take a moral stand against him.
— Jamie Schler (@lifesafeast) March 15, 2019
A white supremacist kills innocent people with a semi-automatic weapon because of their religion, and your concern is that it will be too widely reported on?
— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) March 15, 2019
Get fucked m8 we dont want your words either
— Melanie Bracewell (@meladoodle) March 15, 2019
Radicalised by hate-mongers and anti-Muslim bigots like your father, Junior. Tim to take some responsibility for his Islamophobia and vile loathing he has for Muslims and Islam.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) March 15, 2019
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