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PoliticsTrump says he sees no rise in white nationalism after New Zealand attack

22:55  15 march  2019
22:55  15 march  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Conway: Attack suspect 'wrong' to call Trump a white nationalist symbol

Conway: Attack suspect 'wrong' to call Trump a white nationalist symbol White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday a suspect in the deadly New Zealand mosque shootings was "wrong" to call President Trump a symbol of "white identity." "He's wrong. The shooter is an evil, hateful person. He's wrong about that," Conway told reporters at the White House. Asked if Trump was disturbed to learn he was mentioned favorably by the suspect, Conway responded by asking the repo rter "are you disturbed that somebody could be so hateful and evil?" She also expressed outrage that social media companies would allow someone to live-stream "all this carnage.

Trump says he sees no rise in white nationalism after New Zealand attack© Getty Trump says he sees no rise in white nationalism after New Zealand attack President Trump on Friday said he doesn't see a rise in white nationalism, despite a deadly gun attack at two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.

"I don't really, I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he sees a rise in white nationalism. "If you look what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's the case. I don't know enough about it yet."

He called the shooting a "horrible, horrible thing."

At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand midday Friday. A 28-year-old suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the attack. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as having been carried out by suspects with "extremist views."

Fact-checking Trump's notion that White Nationalism is not a rising threat

Fact-checking Trump's notion that White Nationalism is not a rising threat During a press conference Friday, President Donald Trump was asked if he "see(s) today that white nationalism is a rising threat around the world?" in the wake of the terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, which left at least 49 dead. "I don't really. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess," the President said. "If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's the case, I don't know enough about it yet. They're just learning about the person and the people involved. But it's certainly a terrible thing.

A social media account believed to be linked to the gunman posted a lengthy manifesto expressing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views shortly before the attack. The individual also wrote that he supported Trump "as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" but not as a "policy maker and leader."

Trump said Friday afternoon he had not seen the manifesto, but called the shooting a "horrible act." He took questions in the Oval Office after vetoing a resolution of disapproval of his emergency declaration to build a wall at the U.S. southern border.

Earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that he spoke to Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister, and offered U.S. assistance to the country in the wake of the attack.

Friday's developments have triggered fresh debate about Trump's own rhetoric and whether he is responsible for stoking white nationalism or anti-Muslim views.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said earlier Friday that the suspect was "wrong" to call Trump a symbol of "white identity" and called the shooter "evil."

"He's wrong. The shooter is an evil, hateful person. He's wrong about that," Conway told reporters at the White House.

Jordan Fabian contributed.

Warren: White Supremacists Pose Same Threat As Terrorism.
While speaking at a CNN Town Hall in Jackson, Mississippi, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was questioned about white nationalism at the beginning of the question and answer session. "Since the election of Donald Trump, the number of hate crimes has increased," audience member Khalita Hicks said. "and white supremacists have become more emboldened online and in public. What are your plans to unite the country?" Warren replied that the first step was to recognize "the threat posed by white nationalism.

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