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Rep. Kinzinger Spars with CNN’s Berman over NZ Mosque Shooting: ‘Cannot Put This’ On Trump

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said it would be wrong to blame the mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at lest 49 worshipers dead on Friday. The Air National Guardsman said evil and hatred for people have always existed.

“I have a question. Does God need to change people’s language? And I ask you that, because this killer apparently in a screed, some people call it a manifesto, said he’s a supporter of President Trump as a symbol of white identity. Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity,” CNN’s John Breman asked.

“I think God needs to change people’s hearts and I bet he does. He needs to change their language. You cannot put this on President Trump,” Kinzinger said.

“I’m not putting this on President Trump. There is a one man who pulled the trigger here,” Breman clarified. The person giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here. He called him a symbol of white identity. The language he uses in this manifesto is all about invaders. It is all about invaders, which is similar to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and language President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election. The word invader means something to people around the world. Why?”

“For the president to say I’m concerned with illegal immigration — to say that and go to a guy willing to kill 50 people he may say, President Trump is my idol. That doesn’t put it on president Trump. I don’t know what a sick man that would kill 49 people innocently was thinking. I don’t have any idea what was in his mind. I know this. It cannot be connected. We cannot say what is it President Trump is doing that is somehow triggering these people? This is an evil man that made a decision to murder 49 people. And that is on him. Frankly, the evil in his heart.”

Kinzinger did say he does not agree with Trump’s language on the issue of immigration, saying it’s best for him to specifically not say “invasion” or “horde.”

“I’m not defending all of the president’s language on this stuff. What I am saying though if you look at the Holocaust where six million Jews were killed and Hitler basically brought a bunch of people into evil thinking to do what they did, that was way before President Trump,” Kinzinger said. “This hate for people whether it’s religion or race has been since the beginning of humanity. This disgusting animal is evil. If President Trump’s language triggered him, that wasn’t President Trump triggering. This is a disgusting person that frankly deserves, I think, to die. I’m not sure what his future is going to be in New Zealand.”

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