New Zealand Mosque Mass Shooter’s Manifesto Praises Donald Trump As ‘Symbol Of Renewed White Identity’
A man who opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 49 people, says that he was inspired by Donald Trump.
The horrific mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday has left an astonishing total of 49 people dead, according to The Associated Press.
The shooting was carried out by at least one gunman who posted on online “manifesto” stating white supremacist viewpoints and naming president Donald Trump and right-wing American media personality Candace Owens as the people who most inspired him to commit acts of violence.
He also praised Trump himself “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
The attack began at approximately 1:40 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time at Masjid Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch, or 8:40 p.m ET on Thursday night in the US.
According to a CNN report at about 12:40 a.m ET, New Zealand police said they had four people in custody in connection with the mosque attacks, three men and one woman.
The shooter live-streamed the horrifying attack using a body camera as he calmly walked through the mosque firing over 100 rounds, shooting worshippers there in seemingly indiscriminate fashion, according to an account by The New Zealand Herald newspaper.
The newspaper also reported that the alleged shooter published a lengthy manifesto online, in which he “outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque.” The complete, 73-page manifesto is posted on the document-sharing site DocumentCloud.
In the document, the alleged shooter, who identifies himself as a native Australian named Brenton Tarrant, expresses the common white supremacist belief that white people are being subject to “white genocide” and “replaced” by “non-Europeans” due to “mass immigration and the higher fertility rates of the immigrants.”
As seen in the excerpt below, he sites Owens, the 29-year-old communications director of the conservative group Turning Point USA, as “the person that has influenced me above all.”
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Owens responded to the mention of her name in the suspected shooter’s manifesto, appearing to laugh at the assertion that she inspired the gunman, and blaming “racist leftists.” Owens is African-American and claims to lead a movement she calls “Blexit,” meaning an “exit” of black Americans from support of the Democratic party, according to Fox News.
“I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam,” Owens claimed In another Twitter post. But other Twitter users quickly uncovered previous anti-Muslim posts by Owens.
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But in a Twitter message posted at about 11:53 p.m. ET, Owens continued to attack what she called, “Racist white liberals are on the hunt trying to lynch another black conservative tonight!”