Disgraced “Stolen Valor” Senator Richard Blumenthal and CNN both made attempts to blame President Trump for the massacre at a Muslim mosque in New Zealand.
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The New York Times reported on the attack.
Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
• Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that they had stopped.
• A Muslim leader in New Zealand said the attack was especially shocking as it took place around Friday Prayer. The police urged people to stay away from the mosques until further notice.
• A gunman streamed a live video of the attack on Facebook, and he appeared to have posted a manifesto online.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a CNN anchor immediately blamed rhetoric from President Trump and his allies for the mass shooting in New Zealand that took the lives of 49 people.
After briefly saying that “of course our prayers go out to the people of New Zealand, particularly the loved ones and survivors and victims, Blumenthal, D-Conn., wasted no time in bringing up Trump. “But words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,’” said, referencing Trump’s controversial Charlottesville comments.
CNN anchor Alyson Camerota responded: “You mean the president talking about it. I mean I know it’s hard to call this out. I’ve heard this from a guest this morning, they’re having a hard time calling this out for some reason.
Blumenthal: “I think it’s more than the president. It’s the people who enable him and who fail to stand up to him and speak out. And we’re seeing some glimmers of spine now in the United States Congress, some of my colleagues in the last three votes standing up to him and saying no to his trampling on the Constitution. But it is also more than words. The president has defied Constitutional norms and principles in declaring a national emergency.
“Words have consequences, like saying we have an ‘invasion’ on our border, and talking about people as though they were different in some fatal way. I think the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of these actions.”
Egging him on, Camerota said: “I mean, we don’t have to guess, actually, at this. We don’t have to connect the dots ourselves. This is what the suspects say. This guy put out, according to authorities, put out this manifesto where he connects the dots between the rhetoric that he likes to hear and his violent action.”