New Zealand mosque shooting: Gunman wrote he 'supports' Trump, sees him as 'a symbol of renewed white identity' in his manifesto
Australian Brenton Tarrant has mentioned Donald Trump in his chilling 73-pages long manifesto, but he said pro-Trump political activist Candance Owens, 'radicalized' him the most.
The 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who is the alleged gunman from the Christchurch attack mentioned U.S President Donald Trump in his online manifesto. The manifesto, that is 73 pages long talks about Tarrant's political beliefs and his reasons for the terror attack on the two mosques, Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosque. In a subsection that asks if he is or was "a supporter of Donald Trump", he wrote that while he did admire him, he wasn't fond of him as a leader.
"As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure," he wrote before adding, "As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no." He did, however, mention Conservative commentator and pro-Trump political activist Candance Owens, as the person who "radicalized" him the most. "The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens," he said explaining that he was floored by her views. "Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes," he said.
Along with Trump and Owens, Tarrant also mentioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his manifesto, along with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, but in a different light.
His manifesto demanded the deaths of these three political figures and calling them "traitors". It went on to call Merkel "the mother of all things anti-white and anti-germanic" and stated that she was on "top of the list". "Few have done more to damage and racially cleanse Europe of its people," he wrote.
The Australian-born suspect shot dead dozens of Muslim worshippers in two of Christchurch's mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. The terror attack saw 49 people killed on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days," as authorities detained four people and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.
"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Ardern said.
National security advisor of the U.S, John Bolton also commented on the attack, saying: "We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it."
Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand authorities to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”