Trump, New Zealand, and White Nationalism

Wow. what a difference geography makes.

On March 15, 2019 a very white supremist went on a killing spree in not one but two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

By the time he was captured, 50 people died and more than 20 others injured including a 4-year old child.

The shooter live streamed the video of his rampage (he was wearing a GoPro style video camera) on Facebook and also left behind a very detailed manifesto explaining why he decided all of these innocents had to die.

In the manifesto, which I’m sure that you can find online, he specifically credits American President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”.

In the document, the man also stated that he was following the example of notorious right-wing extremists, including Dylann Roof, who killed nine black church goers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.

Yes, my President, as I am a citizen of the United States, has been credited in the manifesto of a terrorist who just gunned down 50 innocent people. Not exactly my proudest moment as an American.

Naturally, one would think that being the President of the United States, Mr. Trump would immediately either distance himself from the manifesto or at the very least denounce the act.

Instead, my President, when asked about the rise of white nationalism becoming more widespread, responded with “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing.”

He then went on to say that he didn’t know enough about the incident yet or the people involved.

Really????????

I watched CNN and I know more about what happened than the President of the United States? The one person who has access to more intelligence than literally anyone else on the planet, and I know more than he does??

But this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s been paying attention to the US President.

On August 15, 2017, a few days after the incident that took place in Charlottsville, President Trump again gave life to the white nationalists by saying, “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”

How in the actual fuck do you have very fine people on both sides???????

Or how in January 2017, an ardent Trump supporter stormed a mosque in Quebec City and shot six people dead while they prayed. His reason? He was afraid that refugees coming to Canada were a threat to him and his family.

The New Zealand shooter scrawled the Quebec City shooter’s name on one of his ammunition cartridges.

This is the same President who stated “I think Islam hates us” during a 2015 CNN interview while on the campaign trail.

But let’s take a look at how Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister responded.

The PM denounced the act by saying “New Zealand is united in grief” as well as other things.

Jacinda Adern at Hagley College.Credit:Jason South

She then went to Christchurch and by 1pm had donned a black headscarf in solitarity with the grieving Muslim community located there.

She met Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and members of the Muslim community.

By 9 am Saturday, New Zealand time, she had vowed from Wellington to immediately tighten her nation’s gun laws. She said, “I can tell you right now our gun laws will change.”

She’s 38 years old. Trump is 72 and supposedly a billionaire who made his wealth on hard work. Who do you think is in a better position to know how to handle such a situation?

Let’s be honest, with a support base falling to 41.6 (according to 538 as of this writing), he needs the David Dukes of the world to support him. Without them, he can’t put enough pressure on the Republican lead Senate to pass any kind of legislation or be anything other than a lame-duck President who will be the first in a long time to not be re-elected to a second term. And if that’s the case, then the long-standing Justice Department memo of not inditing a sitting President no longer protects Mr Trump.

So being at the very least, a perceived supporter of white supremacy is, at least for the next couple of years, in Mr Trump’s best interest, it definitely isn’t in my country’s best interest, and that should give everyone who supported or continues to support him, pause.