President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., disregarded Mollie Tibbetts' family's request of not politicizing her death and wrote a searing op-ed in an Iowa newspaper, blaming Democrats for her murder. The 20-year-old Iowa student’s body was found covered with corn stalks last month in a cornfield in Guernsey. Tibbetts went missing nearly a month ago on July 18 when she went jogging in the evening at around 7.30 p.m. in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa and had not been heard from since. It was later revealed that she had been allegedly killed by a 24-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, Cristhian Bahena Rivera.
Shortly after the revelation of Tibbetts' killer, multiple Republicans, including President Trump mentioned her murder and politicized her death to push forward his party's anti-immigration policies in the country. Tibbetts' family, which is still grieving their loss, has since requested to not politicize their child's death.
However, Trump Jr. flouted their wishes and wrote in The Des Moines Register on Friday: "The reaction from some Democrats and others on the left to the murder of Mollie Tibbetts is as despicable as it is revealing. The mask is off and the true radical face of the Democrats has been exposed. They are seemingly more concerned with protecting their radical open-borders agenda than the lives of innocent Americans."
President Trump's son also condemned Senator Elizabeth Warren and said that her response to the Iowa student's killing has been tepid. She "played down the killing and said the focus should be on the ‘real problems’ of our immigration system, such as the separation of families at our border," he wrote, referring to his father's zero-tolerance policy. “Think about that for a minute. She apparently believes that illegal alien parents being separated from their children is a bigger problem than American parents having to bury theirs,” he wrote.
The paper, in an editor's note, however, pointed out that Warren had expressed sympathy for the family and had called the need for an immigration reform after the alleged killer was apprehended by the authorities.
The Massachusetts Democrat, while talking to CNN, had said: "I’m so sorry for the family here, and I know this is hard not only for her family, but for people in her community, the people throughout Iowa. But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are. I think we need immigration laws that focus on people who pose a real threat and I don’t think mamas and babies are the place we should be spending our resources."
Trump Jr, in the article, reiterated his father's false claim that Democrats only want "open borders” and said that if “his dad’s policies” were enacted, such tragedies — like Tibbetts' death — would never have happened.
"The Left is so ideologically committed to open borders that they can’t be honest about the consequences of illegal immigration. If the mainstream media reported objectively about illegal alien crime — not to mention the effects of cheap illegal immigrant labor on the labor market — the wall would have been built years ago and my dad’s policies at the border would be implemented immediately,” Trump Jr. wrote.
He also berated the media in his op-ed for supposedly underplaying the suspect's immigration status. "Instead of truthful headlines such as ‘Illegal immigrant arrested in connection with murder of Mollie Tibbetts,’ multiple outlets ran headlines such as ‘Man arrested in connection to disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts," Trump Jr. wrote despite the immigration status of the suspect being widely reported across the country.