Twitter users on Monday unveiled the hashtag “WhiteSupremacistinChief” to define President Donald Trump and it quickly trended at number one on following President Trump’s responses to the two mass shooting that rocked the country over the weekend.
A gunman killed 20 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday.
Less than 24 hours later, at least nine people were killed and more than two dozen were injured in a Dayton, Ohio, shooting. The two shootings are not believed to be linked.
Patrick Wood Crusius, the alleged gunman in the El Paso shooting, is believed to have written a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto before the attack, which described fears of a Latino “invasion.”
Democratic leaders have drawn comparisons between Crusius’s alleged motives and Trump’s immigration rhetoric, suggesting the president contributed to the environment that led to the attack.
On Monday, after the hashtag had already been trending, Trump in remarks from the White House called on the nation to condemn white supremacy.
Trump then blamed the media for the “anger and rage” that have built up during his presidency.
“The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse! Trump wrote on Twitter after his speech.
Filmmaker Ava Duvernay, who recently created a movie about five African-American men wrongly accused of the 1989 raping of a jogger in New York’s Central Park, used the hashtag in a post responding to Trump suggesting Monday that “fake news” has contributed to growing “anger and rage” in the U.S.”
“Nah. News coverage has got to start calling you what you are. A traitor. A liar. A racist. A coward. A fool. #WhiteSupremacistInChief,” wrote Duvernay, whose film criticizes Trump for calling for the death penalty of the five men.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 5, 2019
The head of Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super PAC that targets Republican officials and candidates, used the hashtag while comparing statements on immigrants from Trump and Crusius’s alleged manifesto.
“Who said this?… “The U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion of illegals, and will not stand for it,” Jon Cooper asked. “No, it wasn’t the #WhiteSupremacistTerrorist who massacred 20 people in El Paso. It was actually Donald Trump, the #WhiteSupremacistInChief.”
Who said this?…
"The U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion of illegals, and will not stand for it."
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 5, 2019