Kinzinger to CNN: Trump, NZ Deaths 'Cannot be Connected'

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 16, 2019

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) rebuked the idea that President Donald Trump is to blame for the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 people on Friday.

Berman asked about Trump's use of the word " invader", a word also used in the manifesto, and asked if such language should be avoided, and Kinzinger insisted the president is not at fault.

In particular, panelists Joe Lockhart and David Gregory called out the president for boasting about his support among the military and the police, and suggesting that they could do something "very bad" if political events in America reached "a certain point".

"It's one thing to say "change your language" or "use it differently" but the connection can not be made", he said, "I firmly believe you can not make a connection". "The person giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here". "He calls him a symbol of white identity".

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Host John Berman kicked things off by asking the congressman if he agreed with Trump and his anti-immigrant base that the USA and western nations were facing "an invasion", noting that the shooter's manifesto used similar language. "This disgusting animal is evil.this is a disgusting person who deserves, I think, to die".

Kinzinger argued Trump's actions can not be "connected" to a decision made by "an evil man". "Frankly, the evil in his heart".

"I don't know what a sick man that would kill 49 people innocently was thinking", said Kinzinger. "If you are a monster and you hear the president of the United States say that what are you supposed to do?"

Kinzinger added that he doesn't think Trump should use words like "invasion and hordes,", but "that doesn't mean he can't be passionate about the fact that he wants to stop illegal immigration". If President Trump's language triggered him, that wasn't President Trump triggering. "I'm not sure what his future is going to be in New Zealand".

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