President Trump and a New Zealand shooter have picked some eerily similar words.
On Friday morning in Christchurch, New Zealand, attacks by at least one shooter at two mosques left 49 people dead. The alleged gunman, who has been arrested, was found to have a manifesto where he declared “we are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history,” per The Kansas City Star. The purported shooter specifically decried the “millions of people pouring across our borders.”
Hours later, a shockingly similar phrase came from the president. Trump, after vetoing a bill that would’ve blocked his national emergency declaration to access border wall funding, briefly condemned the shooting before pivoting back to border talk. There are “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border,” Trump said, adding that “people hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is.”
Shortly after Trump calls the attack in New Zealand, where shooter called his victims “invaders,” a “horrible thing,” he goes on to talk about US illegal immigration:
“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals.” pic.twitter.com/qBd0t25hQK
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) March 15, 2019
Also on Friday, Trump was asked if he saw “white nationalism as a rising threat around the world.” “I don’t really,” Trump responded, saying “it’s a small group of people” committing these crimes. Advocacy groups have said hate group activity has been rising in the U.S. for the past few years, and investigative reports have backed that up.
Trump first started using the term “invasion” when a migrant caravan started moving toward the U.S.-Mexico border from more than a thousand miles away. Those asylum seekers are being forced to wait in Mexico for months or even years as their claims are processed. Kathryn Krawczyk
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