White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is not pleased with the news coverage of last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, saying on Saturday that reporters should “shut up and pray for people” rather than offer their thoughts on the incident.
According to HuffPost, Conway made the comments on Fox News, where she said of journalists: “They insert themselves ― ‘I must speak! I must say something!’” she said of journalists. “No, you don’t. You can actually shut up and pray for people and wait for the authorities to make their judgments.”
Following the shootings on Friday, news media coverage included reports of the alleged gunman’s 74-page manifesto, in which he referenced President Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common.”
Also following the incident, debate arose once again over how much the president’s divisive and alt-right-flavored rhetoric can or should be blamed for increases in white nationalist violence.
Administration officials, as well as the president himself, have refuted the notion that Trump’s words and actions play a part in the growth of white nationalist in general and extremism in particular.
Conway said during her Saturday appearance that journalists should focus on “what the president said right away, condemning violence, condemning hate, standing with the people of New Zealand.”
Despite the words of condemnation Trump spoke following the shooting, he also said he does not perceive white nationalism as a growing threat across the globe, telling reporters he sees the movement as “a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.”