Trump keeps pushing ‘invasion’ narrative that motivated Pittsburgh gunman to kill 11 people – ThinkProgress


The shooter who murdered 11 folks in Pittsburgh on Saturday was motivated by a story pushed by Fox Information and Trump allies caravan of individuals touring by Mexico towards the U.S. border represented a possible “invasion” of the nation.

On Wednesday — hours faraway from visiting the synagogue where the shooting took place — the president made clear that he has no plans to cease pushing that narrative, regardless of the bloodshed it helped encourage 96 hours earlier.

“Our army is being mobilized on the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted. “Many extra troops coming. We’ll NOT let these Caravans, that are additionally made up of some very unhealthy thugs and gang members, into the U.S. Our Border is sacred, should are available legally. TURN AROUND!”

Trump posted that tweet minutes after one wherein he described the caravan utilizing language that’s normally reserved for invading armies.

“The Caravans are made up of some very robust fighters and other people. Fought again laborious and viciously towards Mexico at Northern Border earlier than breaking by,” Trump tweeted, misleadingly, because the clashes he refers to in reality occurred alongside Mexico’s southern border.

Saturday’s taking pictures and final week’s package deal bombs despatched by an obsessed Trump fan to plenty of the president’s outstanding critics have put the president’s rhetoric below a microscope. However as a substitute of firming issues down, the president’s preliminary response to the arrest of the bombing suspect was to threaten to “tone it up.”

The “invasion” narrative originated with Fox Information’ protection of the caravan on October 16. As ThinkProgress detailed on Tuesday, because the taking pictures in Pittsburgh, Fox Information contributors and friends have continued to make use of militaristic language to speak in regards to the caravan, which in actuality consists of impoverished folks from nations like Nicaragua and Honduras making a harmful journey north to flee determined circumstances of their homelands.

Most importantly, Trump himself referred to as the caravan an “invasion” throughout an interview that aired on Monday night’s version of The Ingraham Angle.

“We’re being invaded,” Trump mentioned. “While you have a look at that 1000’s of individuals… that’s called an invasion of our country.”

Throughout the identical interview, Trump denied any connection between his rhetoric and the bloodshed in Pittsburgh.

“This horrible human being, this horrible individual that did the taking pictures is just not a Donald Trump fan as a result of he mentioned I used to be too near Israel,” Trump mentioned, ignoring that the gunman used the identical heated language he does to speak in regards to the caravan.


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