To say Occupy Democrats used the New Zealand tragedy to attack Trump would be an understatement. But with context, it’s an extremely weak link that actually ends up furthering the shooter’s objective.
-The shooter wrote an 87 page, rambling manifesto, which I won’t link to. He mentions Trump just once in those 87 pages, on page 21.
-In a section where he lamely interviews himself, he asks a bunch of questions including “are you a supporter of Donald Trump?” He responds, “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear God no.” A mixed assessment to be sure, and throughout the manifesto he never mentions or gives a thought to Trump again.
-His primary concern and inspiration came from Europe, not America. From the terrorist attacks there, Muslim immigration and his experiences traveling throughout Western Europe, particularly France. Above all, he was quite preoccupied with France and their recent elections. His primary interest in the US was to inflame tensions over the 2nd amendment and ultimately cause a civil war over racial lines.
-The only politician specifically mentioned as an inspiration was Sir Oswald Mosley, a British politician from the early to mid 1900s who was in the Labour Party before later embracing fascism.
-Throughout the manifesto, he expressed agreement with views from across the political spectrum, enough so that those looking to malign their political enemies could claim that he embraced their views. For example, he expresses sympathy with socialism, claimed his favorite government was China, was an environmentalist “eco-fascist”, played Fortnight, etc. These were also taken out of context by some on the right, in an attempt to pin him as a sort of leftist.
-But, in context he had little in common with the left, and expressly hated communist/antifa types. Just as he despised conservatism and capitalism. His actual views align with no major political group in existence today, yet some are trying to pin his views on their political enemies. Which, incidentally, furthers his actual goal and purpose of the attacks.
-His primary motivation was to sow political division, in order to bring about a broader future conflict among racial and cultural lines. His hope is to facilitate the breakdown in dialogue and foment hatred, to the point where people start gravitating to their basest instincts to align with their ethnic group, and bring about violent conflict. In this respect, Occupy is furthering his mission.
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