Kellyanne Conway: It Was Wrong For The NZ Shooter To Call Trump An “Inspiration”

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the New Zealand mosque shooter was "wrong" about President Trump.

The suspect in New Zealand’s mass shooting was “wrong” to describe President Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Friday.

Brenton Tarrant, who is now in police custody, said in his 74-page manifesto that while he does not admire Trump as a “policy maker and leader,” he supported the president “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

“He’s wrong. The shooter is an evil, hateful person. He’s wrong about that,” Conway said, according to The Hill.

She added: “I think you should cover the entire manifesto if you’re going to cherry pick a piece of it. Respectfully, you have a duty to talk about what’s motivating hate and violence.”

Asked if Trump was disturbed to discover he was mentioned in such a way by the suspected shooter, Conway replied, “Are you disturbed that somebody could be so hateful and evil?”

Tarrant’s mention of the president as inspiration brought forth renewed debate as to whether Trump bears any responsibility for his rhetoric, which stokes the fears of those in the white nationalist movement.

His decidedly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim speech has fallen favorably upon white nationalists in the United States, and apparently around the world. Tarrant is an Australian national.

Trump offered a tweet on Friday condemning the mass shooting, though he failed to mention the white supremacist underpinnings of the shooter or call the incident what it was: a terrorist attack.

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MargaretL
MargaretL

If it was true... let him speak! We "figured" it was anyway. Trump does not understand that every word he speaks goes all over the world and back again.

paulmsmith
paulmsmith

How does she know that it was wrong...I suspect that it was the truth that Trump was his inspiration...And if it was the truth, it was then RIGHT to call Trump the inspiration. The broad can't handle the truth.

AHatzakis
AHatzakis

It was not wrong for the NZ terrorist to give credit where credit is due.

What will be wrong is for the USA to not learn from this and vote his adipose ass out of the White House in 2020

Jedda Lingmar
Jedda Lingmar

It is not her place to deny the shooter's 'inspiration'. I demeans the victims.

kiwibryn
kiwibryn

Morons, spouting moronic twaddle. As a New Zealander, I am insulted and outraged by the crap coming out of America.