It doesn’t take much effort to work out who was responsible for the Christchurch terrorist attack. New Zealand police already have the perpetrator in a cell, after all, and outside the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists, there’s no real doubt he was responsible. Still, emotions are running high and many on the Left are looking for someone else to blame. And who do they like to blame when anything bad happens anywhere in the world? President Trump, of course.
Brenton Tarrant, who murdered 50 people at two New Zealand mosques, qualifies as a terrorist because his attack had a political goal — and that goal was laid out in a rambling, incoherent 73-page manifesto mailed to over 30 people, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, minutes before he began his assault.
- In his manifesto and on the livestream of the attack, Tarrant listed a number of people he said had inspired his onslaught. These included YouTube personality PewDiePie, Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, commentator Candace Owens — and President Trump.
- Referring to the president, Tarrant said he supported Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” but “as a policymaker and leader, dear god no.”
- Many in the Left-wing media have seized on this comment to claim that President Trump’s words and actions played a part in Tarrant’s attack.
- What’s being overlooked is that, despite the length of his manifesto, Tarrant’s actual motivations are far from clear. For example, he’s regularly being described as a Right-wing extremist, even though he is virulently anti-capitalist, admires the Chinese Communist Party and refers to himself as an “eco-fascist.”
- Tarrant is also being labeled a white supremacist, which seems unusual in light of his admiration of Candace Owens — who is black.
- It’s also clear from the manifesto itself that Tarrant seems to be more interested in stirring up controversy than making a coherent political argument. If someone’s named in the document, it’s very likely that Tarrant mentioned them to discredit them by association. His references to our president don’t exactly suggest admiration.
- In any case, President Trump has had enough of these cheap smears. In a tweet on Monday he said “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!”
- President Trump has joined other world leaders in expressing sympathy for the victims of the attack.