In Germany, Racist Mass Shooter Credits Trump For Implementing His Ideas
A mass shooter accused of opening fire in Hanau, Germany, on Wednesday, killing nine people, reportedly published an online manifesto prior to his rampage in which he claims President Donald Trump stole and implemented his racist ideas, according to Business Insider.
German media identified the gunman as Tobias Rathjen, 43, and reported that he “opened fired at the Midnight hookah bar in Hanau at 10 p.m.” and subsequently “drove 1.5 miles west to the Arena Bar & Cafe, proceeding to shoot dead five people before returning home.”
Hessen State Police said they found Rathjen dead in his home, alongside his deceased 73-year-old mother.
In the 42-page manifesto reviewed by Insider, Rathjen refers to himself as an incel — someone who believes they are involuntarily abstaining from sex — and rails against non-white people.
He “calls for the people of a large number of North African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries to be ‘completely destroyed’ on the baseless idea that they are biologically inferior,” Insider reported.
Rathjen also accuses Trump of stealing his ideas and catchphrases: "A billionaire in the USA is implementing my policy recommendation (even some slogans I developed like 'America First, Buy American and Hire American')," he writes.
Peter Beuth, the interior minister for the state of Hesse, said an initial assessment of the manifesto indicates Rathjen’s attack had “a xenophobic motivation.”
Insider reported that much of the online writing “is obtuse and rambling, and does not have the ring of being written by a person in a sound mental state.”