Multiple casualties in New Zealand mass shooting which seems to have been partly inspired by Donald Trump.

By |2019-03-15T06:20:19-08:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |15 Comments

I woke up to his horror this morning and am still trying to wrap my head around what happened. 

New Zealand is an incredibly peaceful country, so this is especially heartbreaking. 

Here is what we know so far courtesy of NYT:

Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that they had stopped.

A Muslim leader in New Zealand said the attack was especially shocking as it took place around Friday Prayer. The police urged people to stay away from the mosques until further notice.

A gunman streamed a live video of the attack on Facebook, and he appeared to have posted a manifesto online.

Other suspects were arrested as well, but only one person seems to have carried out the attack while wearing a camera to livestream it to Facebook:

Of the three others who were detained, the police commissioner said that one might have had nothing to do with the attack and that the police were working to determine how the other two might have been involved.

Facebook took down that video but not before multiple users had already watched the carnage unfold.

The shooter was a proud white nationalist who bragged about his heroes:

In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes.

Writing that he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. “For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist,” he wrote.

Within the manifesto the shooter also named another one of his inspirations:

In response to the shooting, Donald Trump sent out this rather inappropriate tweet:

“Warmest sympathy and best wishes?” 

That tweet was almost immediately followed up by this one:

Sure, why not follow up a tweet expressing sympathy for the victims of a hate crime in a foreign country with one that is attempting to gin up more hate and division in this country.

I think it needs to be stated loud and clear that the man occupying our White House is inspiring anti-immigrant hatred, racism, and even violence all over the world. 

And we are doing nothing to stop him. 

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15 Comments

  1. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 7:15 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-zealand-shooting-who-was-ebba-akerlund-whose-death-mosque-shooter-used-as-pretext-for-revenge?ref=home

    “11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund, killed in a 2017 terror attack in Sweden and often made into memes, to feed their hatred. Her name was scrawled onto the butt of the New Zealand shooter’s assault rifle along with other pretexts for his “revenge.”

    Her father, Stefan Åkerlund, told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that he was mortified when he saw how the latest terrorist had used his daughter’s name. “I broke into a cold sweat as soon as I saw that he had rifles with my daughter’s name,” he said. “How in hell can we ever get to mourn in peace?” “Ebba was mentioned several times in the 74-page right-wing “manifesto” allegedly posted in connection with the killing spree in Christchurch”

    ““But then of course I could not even imagine the idea that someone would write my daughter’s name on a rifle.” He goes on to condemn the attacks in New Zealand. “How sick it is.”

    Ebba’s mother, Jeanette Åkerlund, also spoke out. “It gives you chills,” she told Aftonbladet. “It is deeply tragic that Ebba’s name is abused in political propaganda.”

    “The author wrote that the shooting was motivated by the Swedish attack, which he said was different from others before it. “That difference was Ebba Akerlund. Young, innocent and dead Ebba,” the shooter wrote. “Ebba death at the hands of the invaders, the indignity of her violent demise and my inability to stop it broke through my own jaded cynicism like a sledgehammer.”

  2. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 7:26 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/trump-mindlessly-tweets-link-anti-muslim-website-shortly-new-zealand-mosque-shooting/

    ‘you typed breitbart dot com into the wrong space mr president sir’
    ‘Of course you posted this as news breaks that a far right lunatic shot up a Mosque. You know exactly what you’re doing.’

  3. Terror Management Theory March 15, 2019 at 7:32 am

    In the animal kingdom, humans have a unique awareness of their own mortality. To manage this profound terror, TMT says humans create cultural worldviews — like religions, political ideologies, and national identities — that instill life with meaning and value, which distracts from and eases the fear of death. Cultural worldviews also diminish death anxiety by offering paths to immortality. These heinous crimes are attempts by the terrorist to achieve symbolic immortality. They are efforts to be remembered forever by their cultural group, as a savior, or a martyr. But in reality, the perpetrators are neither of those things. They are psychopaths and murderers.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/neuroscientist-explains-trumps-violent-rhetoric-can-warp-persons-brain-thinking-domestic-terrorism-justifiable/

  4. anon March 15, 2019 at 7:43 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/tech-companies-can-stop-nbc-reporter-warned-youtube-extremist-content-execs-literally-laughed/

    “These people are committing terrorist acts over and over again, using the same platforms, getting radicalized by these same algorithms.” “Extremism researchers and journalists (including me) warned the company in emails, on the phone, and to employees’ faces after the last terror attack that the next one would show signs of YouTube radicalization again, but the outcome would be worse. I was literally scoffed at.”

  5. Anonymous March 15, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Sure looks like end of times prophesy in the Book Of Revelation edging ever truer to me.
    Maybe I should make a score card. No offense to atheists/agnostics here, but damn.

  6. Anonymous March 15, 2019 at 9:01 am

    None of us like Trump. That doesn’t mean that he is responsible for every vile act that occurs around the world where someone mentions his name once in a 70 something page manifesto. The people who do these mass killings are motivated by a desire to publicize their cause because they have an inflated view of their place and impact on history. They think they will spark some sort of revolution or race war or whatever. Their thinking is badly and tragically impaired. Trump didn’t cause this, being a nut and seeing other nuts get publicity for these same type of acts “caused” this.

    • nanna March 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Trump is exactly what the terrorist said he was- an inspiration. Trump is an inspiration for sickos all over the world. You cannot excuse what Trump has done, dozens of people have died as a direct consequence of Trump’s support of white nationalism.

      Trump told the world that torch-carrying Nazis are good people.

      Please close the door on your way out, good person.

  7. Jim Wright March 15, 2019 at 9:43 am

    FB>””My warmest sympathy and best wishes…”
    Like he copied it off a get well card for an ailing pet. I daily see Russian bots that are better able to fake humanity than this idiot.”

  8. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

    “If the artificial intelligence systems built by one of the richest companies in the world can’t identify and take action on a video containing weaponry, repeated gunfire and murder, what can they identify?
    Well, broccoli, for one thing. & boobs.
    “After Mark Zuckerberg launched live video streaming on his platform, he told BuzzFeed News in 2016, “We built this big technology platform so we can go and support whatever the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral ways people want to communicate are as time goes on.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/tech/facebook-new-zealand-content-moderation/index.html

  9. anon March 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-playbook-for-handling-racial-violence-empathy-followed-by-a-shift-to-political-squabbles?ref=home

    “THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!” mememe

    ““It’s outrageous to even make that connection between this deranged individual that committed this evil crime, to the president,” Schlapp told reporters on Friday.

    Sources close to Trump have consistently said how much he loathes getting blamed for anti-immigrant, racist, or even pro-Trump acts of violence that have occurred in the wake of his political ascendance. But instead of compelling him to bring down the temperature or tamp down the rhetoric, his loathing causes him to dig in further. He has never, according to his advisers and friends, dabbled in self-reflection.

    “If anything, it causes him to amp it up,”

  10. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 11:28 am

    “OOps. Trump threatened biker violence against leftists, then deleted the tweet after the New Zealand mosque massacre manifesto praised him as a ‘symbol of renewed white identity.’” MOSCOW—They call themselves The Night Wolves, “a new kind of motorcycle club,” or, sometimes, “Putin’s Angels.” And just as much as the Orthodox Church or the military, the Wolves have become a symbol of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.” “On Friday morning, as news broke of the massacre at mosques in New Zealand allegedly carried out by a right-wing extremist whose sometimes ironic manifesto called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” that biker tweet came down.” “The pro-Putin bikers have been spreading their wings all over the European Union and also finding friends in the mostly Trumpist Russian community of Miami Florida millionaires.”
    The Night Wolves
    “On Saturday the Wolves are planning to bring a 1,423 meter-long flag to CRIMEa, to celebrate “Russian Spring” —the beginning of the pro-Kremlin unrest in Ukraine—and mark five years since Russia annexed the peninsula with the help of “little green men,” forces of masked soldiers in unmarked green army uniforms.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-biker-threat-came-from-the-putin-playbook-but-tweet-deleted-after-mosque-massacre?ref=scroll

  11. Anon March 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Lord of War – Nicolas Cage movie

    The irony of the global obsession with war and violence, depicted in a movie.

    Not much has changed. Same shit.

    New people. New wars. Coordinated.

    Humanity will tolerate it in whole.

    Until it hits home and they are affected.

    Then the squabbling begins. HEY.

    Here’s some concepts to humanity:

    Your stronger together humanity.
    You can unify to object global wars.
    You can retain your individuality.
    You can be proud of your country.
    You can stop global wars together.

    Now use the Techology that you read this with to make a difference.

    TOGETHER!

    You can do it!

  12. nanna March 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Australia is rapidly becoming very racist, the Right-wing government will hopefully be gone in a few weeks but they have given a lot of oxygen to the white nationalists responsible for this.

    New Zealand has offered many times to take the innocent refugees that Australia has locked up for years in a remote island prison to use as political pawns to cultivate Islamophobia in Australia at every federal election..

    New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful and unique bunch of islands and the people are very nice. It’s no accident that the psychotic killer is Australian. While the Australian government and the Far Right have been harassing and surveilling Muslims for years the real terrorists were allowed to slip through the net.

    The average Australian will be gutted by this massacre.

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