By Bassel Barakat
The widely noted similarities between Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric and the motivations of the man who committed the terrorist, white supremacist attack in New Zealand made the U.S. president to send his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to the US political talk-show.
Mulvaney was dispatched to the show on March 18 in order to defend Trump.
“The president is not a white supremacist,” Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday, adding “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.” On CBS News’ Face the Nation, Mulvaney said “I don’t think anybody could say that the president is anti-Muslim.”
While Mulvaney was speaking, Trump was busy undermining his message.
“Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning, urging Fox News to reinstate Jeanine Pirro, the night-time host suspended after suggesting that Minnesota Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s wearing of a hijab is unconstitutional. “Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!,” Trump tweeted, apparently urging Fox to resist pressure to suspend Pirro.
The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Moreover, Trump’s tweet to Fox had some similarities to the shooter’s written manifesto. Which includes parallels about how should white supremacists to unite and fight back or accept that the white race is overtaking. “Diversity is not a strength,” it says, and that “Diversity is weakness, unity is strength.” Inaction, the diatribe says, “is sure defeat,” but “final victory is yours if you have the will for it.”
Muslim leaders says that Trump influenced people for a ride anti-Islamic hate.
“The perpetrator of this terrorist attack has been inspired by hate-mongers in the United States, and in Europe,” including elected politicians such as Trump, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) told reporters March 15. “Mr. Trump your words matter, your policies matter,” he said. “We hold you responsible for this growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the US and Europe.”