By Andrea Jefferson
August 4, 2019
A manifesto tied to the alleged El Paso, Texas, shooter included ranting about Hispanic immigrants “replacing” European-American culture and preemptively defended Donald Trump from media criticism.
Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was arrested Saturday without law enforcement firing a single shot after he allegedly gunned down dozens of people, killing at least 20.
The manifesto was posted to the website 8chan about an hour-and-a-half before the El Paso Walmart shooting began. Authorities have not yet definitively said whether the manifesto was written by Crusius and said they were still investigating the hateful screed.
The manifesto has been published in its entirety by conservative website, Drudge Report, and rails against Hispanics, immigrants and Republican Party “inaction” against the country’s so-called destruction.
The manifesto acknowledges inspiration from fellow white supremacist Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter Brenton Tarrant, 28, who killed more than 50 people earlier this year. The manifesto points directly to a shared interest in French white nationalist conspiracy writer Renaud Camus’ The Great Replacement.
Tarrant, like Crusius, attempted to distance himself from Trump, while praising the U.S. president in his March writings. Tarrant lauded Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” before adding, “As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”
And much like Crusius mimicked the ideas of Camus and Tarrant, he also attempted to offer a pre-emptive defense of the president from the “fake news” media in the rantings released online Saturday.
“My ideology has not changed for several years,” the purported Crusius text reads. “My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I [sic] putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.”
“The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that,” it continued.
However, Trump’s own words and even reactions to the Christchurch shooting used much of the same language and anti-immigrant fear-mongering regurgitated in the manifesto.
“That’s an invasion. I don’t care what [the Democrats] say. I don’t care what the fake media says. That’s an invasion of our country,” Trump said at a rally last November as supporters chanted, “Build the wall.”
And now, perhaps Trump knows that his words are causing people to lash out, because according to Twitter, Trump is deleting some of his more divisive tweets, particularly ones that use the word “invasion.”
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