Trump Blames Mass Shootings on the Media: ‘Fake News Has Contributed Greatly to the Anger and Rage’
Trump’s tweet argues there is great “anger and rage that has built up over many years” in the United States, but that the “Fake News has contributed greatly.”
Trump added that “News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased or these terrible problems will only get worse!”
The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
29 innocent Americans are dead after mass shootings that occurred within hours from one another over the weekend. The first, at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, was carried out by a shooter who allegedly left behind an anti-immigrant screed warning of a “Hispanic invasion” threatening American jobs.
Many have noted the similarities between the manifesto and Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, though the shooter claimed he held his views before Trump’s presidency.
The shooter’s alleged manifesto did, however, include a Trumpian condemnation of “fake news.”
“I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric,” the shooter wrote. “The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
Trump’s recent tweet echoes a tweet he sent roughly a year ago:
The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
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