White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning imploring Americans to read the full manifesto of the New Zealand mass shooter in order to see that President Donald Trump was not named as an inspiration to him.
She said the news media “scoured” the 74-page manifesto looking for Trump’s name and found one instance where he was referenced. Conway pointed to the suspected shooter’s statements that he “also aligns closely with the ideology of China” and that “he said he’s not a conservative” as evidence that Trump did not inspire the attack.
“People should read [the manifesto] in its entirety,” Conway said, in order to discover his true inspiration for the massacre.
The suspected shooter wrote in the document that Trump is a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”