Fox & Friends Calls Out Media: ‘Insane’ to Link New Zealand Shooter to Trump’s ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric
Fox & Friends opened Monday’s show by focusing on the aftermath of the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand that took the lives of 50 worshipping Muslims by an unhinged individual who espoused white supremacy ideology and even cited President Donald Trump as something of a role model.
But the aftermath on which Mr. Trump’s favorite program focused was not the toxic ideology behind the deathly attack. Instead, they focused on what they portrayed as very unfair media attacks on the Commander in Chief noting the grave injustice of comparing Trump’s “invasion” rhetoric with that of the assailant.
The Fox & Friends hosts showed a montage of numerous news media personalities and analysts offering pretty thoughtful insight and asking reasonable questions about the current political mood. After which, co-host Jedediah Bila offered both-sides in defending Trump from any comparisons to the New Zealand shooter, saying “Regardless of political ideology, you cannot link the actions of a maniac and the workings of a maniac to any politician, left or right. That is insane.”
Brian Kilmeade then claimed how just unfair it is to criticize Trump in light of this catastrophe because the shooter hailed Trump in his published manifesto. “If they put Barack Obama’s name in the manifesto, I would think it would be unfair to put Barack Obama on the griddle and saying his policies during his years or Clinton or Bush.”
It’s difficult to imagine how an avowed White Supremacist would cite Barack Obama as a role model in a manifesto tied to a mass shooting, but in Kilmeade’s purview, anything is possible.
President Trump caught attention during a Friday pool spray in which he referred to the problems at the Southern US Border as an invasion. Kilmeade defended the Commander in Chief, saying: “while the president was behind the resolute desk he is talking about immigration. He says it’s an invasion. Over a million people are supposed to come in the southern border. They are saying why is he using the same language as that 28-year-old killer in New Zealand. He is not using the same language. That’s the way Trump talks to illustrate what he sees a problem we border. Nothing to do with gun control in New Zealand.”
One of the worst and time-honored traditions that come after a mass shooting of this sort, is the inevitable “playing of politics” allegation, though it is almost always centered on gun reform. In this instance, however, the U.S. debate is less focused on assault rifles or background checks. The conversation is more on connecting what many see as Trump’s divisive rhetoric to isolated and angry individuals wh0 see the success and viability of non-whites coming at the expense of their own success. Losing a zero-sum game, as it were.
But the playing of politics in this instance is on a different level. It’s less about guns and more about rhetoric that could be enabling and igniting the sort of deadly attack witnessed in Christchurch last week. But to hear Fox & Friends hosts say it, the rhetoric from President Trump, than many see as irresponsibly otherizing, has nothing to do with the attack. And to even ask if there is a connection, is playing politics.
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