I do not recall hearing President Donald J. Trump urge anyone to enter a mosque and gun down Muslims. Still, Trump’s critics — whose volcanic rage makes Vesuvius resemble Old Faithful — hold him responsible for last Friday’s mayhem in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police say that Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant opened fire inside two local mosques, killing 50 worshippers and wounding some 50 more.
Even though Tarrant allegedly pulled the trigger, somehow it’s all Trump’s fault — his detractors argue.
“Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – New York), a candidate for her party’s presidential nomination. “Instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them.”
“When people of such influence and such stature are endorsing such a hateful, evil ideology, it emboldens those who will go out and do something really evil and nasty, like what happened in New Zealand,” said musician John Legend.
These scathing attacks raise this philosophical question: If the president of the United States speaks, and the Trump-loathing media and his critics ignore his words, has he made a sound?
In fact, President Trump has praised Muslims, at home and abroad. He has denounced white supremacists. This news may shock most Americans, since anti-Trump journalists conceal these facts like classified data.
• “With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world,” Trump’s holiday greeting stated last May 15. Trump also hosted a June 6 iftar dinner for Muslim American officials and Islamic diplomats. Trump welcomed his guests in Arabic: “To each of you and to the Muslims around the world: Ramadan Mubarak.”
During Trump’s maiden international voyage to Saudi Arabia, he met numerous Islamic counterparts.
“I chose to make my first foreign visita trip to the heart of the Muslim world,” he said in a major address in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. “To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture, and commerce.”
• Two days after an August 13, 2017 white-nationalist v. Antifa melee in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump said: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Some condemned Trump for observing violence on both sides. However, journalists and cops confirmed this fact.
As conservative luminary Gary Bauer recalls, Trump also said that August 17 that there were “very fine people” on both sides, including those who peacefully protested the KKK and neo-Nazis. Trump added: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.” He also called them “rough, bad people.” Instead, Trump referred to those “protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee” as “very fine people.”
• But wait. What about Tarrant invoking Trump’s name? The gunman’s 74-page manifesto mentions Trump only once, beyond the table of contents. Regarding support for Trump, he wrote: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”
That’s hardly a ringing endorsement.
Tarrant’s communiqué discusses “eco” thrice and the “environment” 18 times. “The environment is being destroyed by over population,” he claimed. “Kill the invaders, kill the overpopulation, and by doing so save the environment.” Rather than pinning Tarrant on Trump, perhaps the environmentalist Left should claim him as one of their own.
If liberals consider this unfair, perhaps we all can agree on this: A wicked gunman fatally shot 50 Muslims in New Zealand. He alone perpetrated this repulsive slaughter. This atrocity’s victims and their grieving survivors deserve far better than to serve as lava in the Left’s latest anti-Trump eruption.