Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) rebuked the idea that President Donald Trump is to blame for the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 people on Friday.
“Does God need to change people’s language?” CNN’s John Breman asked Kinzinger. “And I ask you that, because this killer apparently in a screed, some people call it a manifesto, said he’s a supporter of President Trump as a symbol of white identity. Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity?”
The Republican representative responded: “I think God needs to change people’s hearts and I bet he does. He needs to change their language. You cannot put this on President Trump.”
In response, Breman noted he wasn’t putting the blame on Trump but instead, “The person giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here.” He continued:
“He called him a symbol of white identity. The language he uses in this manifesto is all about invaders. It is all about invaders, which is similar to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and language President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election. The word invader means something to people around the world. Why?”
Kinzinger later claimed the shooter wasn’t triggered by Trump, rather the shooting was due to the fact of evil in this world that’s always been there.
He finds it all highly amusing as well. https://t.co/2Z8sdjbBIP
— @DanaBird (@DMNCBIRD) March 15, 2019
“This hate for people whether it’s religion or race has been since the beginning of humanity. This disgusting animal is evil,” he said. “If President Trump’s language triggered him, that wasn’t President Trump triggering. This is a disgusting person that frankly deserves, I think, to die. I’m not sure what his future is going to be in New Zealand.”
Kinzinger wrote early Friday on Twitter to encourage those around the world to “stand united against terrorism,” adding his “thoughts & prayers are with the victims, their families, & the Christchurch community.”
We mourn with the people of New Zealand in the face of such evil today. It’s clear hate has no religion, & we must all stand united against terrorism. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims, their families, & the Christchurch community.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) March 15, 2019
As IJR News reported, there was the worst-ever mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday when 49 people were and over 40 others wounded while praying at two mosques.
“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” President Trump wrote on Twitter in response. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.”