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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:09 AM

New Zealand shooter called Donald Trump 'a symbol of white identity' as he murdered 49 people

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Which is no coincidence. As part of his rant, the livestreaming shooter called Donald Trump a “symbol of white identity and common purpose."

In a manifesto posted to social media (deliberately not linked), the New Zealand shooter frames his motivations around “replacement”—the same term invoked by the Nazi marchers at Charlottesville that Trump described as “good people.” The shooter went on to call immigration “white genocide.”

Despite the location of the shooting, the United States is at the center of the manifesto. The shooter spends a great deal of his 74 pages talking about “threats to the electoral college” and his desire to “end the melting pot” by “balkanizing” the United States “along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines.” In his rant, he repeats phrases and themes from both Trump and American white nationalists, focusing on the Second Amendment as a primary divide in American culture. The shooter also throws out other familiar right-wing phrases, from his concern that “taxation is theft” to his discussion of “demographic change” in Texas that will lead whites to start a civil war.

There is also a section on how to deal with immigration that seems to come from the Trump playbook: “Few parents, regardless of circumstance, will [be] willing to risk the lives of their children, no matter the economic incentives. Therefore, once we show them the risk of bringing their offspring to our soil, they will avoid our lands.” One whole section of the manifesto is titled “Diversity is weakness.”

The theme of dividing the U.S. along racial lines reoccurs repeatedly in the manifesto. The shooter states that he deliberately chose to use firearms rather than bombs specifically to create more anger over gun violence in hopes of spurring the fight over the Second Amendment and driving a wedge through America.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/15/1842332/-New-Zealand-shooter-called-Donald-Trump-a-symbol-of-white-identity-as-he-murdered-49-people?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:05 AM

1. Wow. Aside from this horrific content...

Why does he care about our politics? He’s 24 hours of travel away. I follow UK politics a bit, but we are thinking of moving there someday for my writing and mentoring career. I don’t care much about internal crap and minutiae from most countries. Why care about Texas politics? It all doesn’t make sense when looked at in pieces.

Trump has got to go. His poison is spreading.

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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:09 AM

2. NZ needs to build a wall!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 02:35 PM

3. I say this as a white person

The world is fast amassing the evidence to justify wiping us out.

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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 04:11 PM

4. Bernie Sanders: I can win the backing of Donald Trump supporters

So, are we saying that the fear and anger of Trump supporters is not “legitimate”?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/27/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-income-inequality

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he believes he can boost his own standing in the race by swaying supporters of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump to back his campaign.
Sanders told CBS’s Face the Nation that many of Trump’s supporters have legitimate fears stemming from income inequality that Sanders is best positioned to address.
“What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger, taken those fears, which are legitimate, and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims,” Sanders said.
“In my view, that is the not way we are going to address the problems facing this country,” he said.

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