Trump, NZ Deaths 'Cannot be Connected — Kinzinger to CNN

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 16, 2019

A CNN panel on Friday shamed President Donald Trump for an escalation of violent rhetoric that occurred just hours before a gunman murdered dozens of Muslims at a mosque in New Zealand. "Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity?"

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".

Host John Berman kicked things off by asking the congressman if he agreed with Trump and his anti-immigrant base that the USA and western nations were facing "an invasion", noting that the shooter's manifesto used similar language.

He added that such language "is similar to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, it's also language that President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election", noting, "the word invader means something to people around the world. What I am saying is if you look at the Holocaust where six million Jews were killed and Hitler basically brought a whole group of people into evil thinking to do what they did", Kinzinger replied, "that was way before President Trump". I don't have any idea what was in his mind.

"It's one thing to say "change your language" or "use it differently" but the connection can not be made", he said, "I firmly believe you can not make a connection".

Kinzinger argued Trump's actions can not be "connected" to a decision made by "an evil man".

"To make the connection of a president to say I'm concerned with illegal immigration - to say that and go to a guy that's willing to kill 50 people he may say, President Trump is my idol", he said, "that doesn't put it on President Trump". Kinzinger said he'd never used such language personally, but Berman pressed the issue. "Frankly, the evil in his heart". 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. "I'm not sure what his future is going to be in New Zealand".

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