President Donald Trump echoed language utilized by the suspected gunman in a set of mosque assaults in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, calling immigration on the southern U.S. border an “invasion.”
The president made the feedback throughout a signing ceremony for his first official veto, rejecting a bipartisan decision terminating his nationwide emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border. The president first declared a nationwide emergency final month with the intention to divert funding from different areas of the federal government to construct his long-promised border wall.
Throughout the signing ceremony, the president expressed condolences for the victims of the assault, which left not less than 49 folks useless, calling the occasion an “evil killing” and a “horrible factor,” earlier than pivoting again to the border.
“Congress’ vote to disclaim the disaster on the southern border is a vote towards actuality,” he mentioned. “It’s a super nationwide emergency. It’s a super disaster.”
He added, “Final month, greater than 76,00zero unlawful migrants arrived at our border. We’re on monitor for 1,000,000 unlawful aliens to hurry our borders. Individuals hate the phrase ‘invasion’ however that’s what it’s. It’s an invasion of medicine and criminals and other people. You haven’t any thought who they’re.”
Trump proceeded to insist that “in lots of circumstances, they’re stone chilly criminals,” and advised “they do quite a lot of injury in lots of circumstances,” however offered no proof to again his claims.
In a manifesto allegedly written by the suspected New Zealand shooter, printed on-line shortly earlier than the dual assaults on Friday, Brenton Tarrant, 28, complained of an “invasion…by nonwhites,” and used white nationalist rhetoric to recommend these of European descent have been in danger. The manifesto itself was titled “The Nice Substitute,” a reference to the supposed risk white folks face on account of immigration.
The alleged gunman’s weapons have been additionally painted with white nationalist symbols and references to different white supremacist attackers.
The suspected shooter additionally praised Trump straight, describing him “as a logo of renewed white id and customary objective.”
Throughout Friday’s signing ceremony, Trump was requested straight whether or not he believed white nationalism was a risk around the globe, to which he replied, “I don’t actually. I feel it’s a small group of people who have very, very severe issues.”
“I suppose for those who have a look at what occurred in New Zealand, maybe that’s the case,” he added. “I don’t know sufficient about it but. They’re simply studying concerning the particular person and the folks concerned. However it’s actually a horrible factor. Horrible factor.”
In December, the Institute for Economics and Peace issued its sixth World Terrorism Index report, noting that whereas deaths linked to terrorism had slowed over the previous three years, far-right political terrorism posed a rising and regarding risk.
The risk is very evident in the US, the place the Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research reported assaults from far-right extremists had risen over the previous decade, quadrupling between 2016 and 2017.
As ThinkProgress beforehand famous, Trump himself has pushed a number of the identical conspiracy theories talked about by the suspected gunman. In August, the president tweeted that he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “intently examine the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the big scale killing of farmers.” The tweet was a reference to a conspiracy idea about white genocide in South Africa, much like the Nice Substitute idea, a popular matter of many white nationalists.