Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said that one of the suspected shooters in the Friday attacks on two New Zealand mosques was “wrong” to call President Donald Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity” in his manifesto.
Conway — who has served in the Trump administration since 2017 after managing his 2016 presidential campaign — said during while speaking to reporters in the White House driveway that “the shooter is an evil, hateful person who is wrong about” referring to the president as “a symbol of renewed white identity.”
Conway called the suspected perpetrator’s writings “very chilling,” recommending that people read the suspected gunman’s manifesto and to “cover the entire manifesto if you’re going to cover a piece of it.”
The president’s counselor then called the suspect an “eco-terrorist” who “aligns with China,” and said that he “is an evil, hateful person who shouldn’t [have been] given a platform”:
“He is telling you he aligns with China. He’s telling you he’s not a conservative. He’s not a Nazi. He’s an eco-terrorist. He is an evil, hateful person who shouldn’t be given a platform, frankly. He says, ‘I’m not a conservative, I’m not a Nazi, I’m an eco-terrorist,’ and he certainly absolutely is a ruthless killer.”
The suspect in the shooting did not refer to himself as an “eco-terrorist” in his manifesto; however, he did call himself an “eco-fascist” three times.
One of the four suspects in the live-streamed Friday mass shootings of two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques that ended the lives of 49 worshippers detailed his plan to attack them in his 74-page manifesto.
The alleged gunman mentioned President Trump in his writing, as well as conservative commentator Candice Owens. YouTube star Felix Kjellberg — known best by his online handle PewDiePie — was allegedly referenced during the live stream of one of the shootings.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that Friday was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”