Mollie Tibbetts' father slams 'heartless' Donald Trump Jr in new op-ed, says his daughter is "not a pawn in other's debates"
Tibbetts' family, which is still grieving their loss, had requested to not politicize their child's death. However, Trump Jr. flouted their wishes.
The slain Iowa University student Mollie Tibbetts' father, Rob Tibbetts, wrote an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register a day after President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. blamed Democrats for the 20-year-old's death in the same newspaper. Trump lashed out at Trump Jr. and others using the student's death to promote their own political agendas.
Mollie's father said that he has requested people to not politicize her death but some people have continued to do so and he finds it "despicable" and "heartless." 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 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.
"Sadly, others have ignored our request,” he wrote. “They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed.”
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, had 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."
Rob Tibbetts, in response to that op-ed, wrote that he encourages debate on immigration, however, "Do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist. The act grievously extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and is, to quote Donald Trump Jr., ‘heartless’ and ‘despicable," he wrote in a dig at Trump Jr. who had called the Democrats "heartless" and "despicable" in his op-ed.
Tibbetts wrote that his daughter is not a "pawn in other's debates," while calling Mollie his "best friend" who had an "extraordinary life." She "may not be able to speak for herself, but I can and will. Please leave us out of your debate. Allow us to grieve in privacy and with dignity. At long last, show some decency," he continued. "As I write this, I am watching Sen. John McCain lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda and know that evil will succeed only if good people do nothing. Both Mollie and Sen. McCain were good people. I know that both would stand up now and do something," he added.
Tibbetts also raised the issue of white supremacists in the country and wrote that the person who is “accused of taking Mollie’s life is no more a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are of all white people. To suggest otherwise is a lie."
He also directed a statement at the Hispanic community, saying: "My family stands with you and offers its heartfelt apology. That you’ve been beset by the circumstances of Mollie’s death is wrong. We treasure the contribution you bring to the American tapestry in all its color and melody.” Tibbetts also added that his stepdaughter is Latina and Mollie loved her dearly and cherished her nephews and my grandchildren, who are Latino.
"That means I am Hispanic. I am African. I am Asian. I am European. My blood runs from every corner of the Earth because I am American. As an American, I have one tenet: to respect every citizen of the world and actively engage in the ongoing pursuit to form a more perfect union.”
To “knowingly foment discord among races is a disgrace to our flag,” he added. “It ... lends legitimacy to the darkest, most hate-filled corners of the American soul. It is the opposite of leadership. It is the opposite of humanity. It is heartless. It is despicable. It is shameful," Mollie's father wrote in the article.