Former President Donald Trump became the source of blame for the recent shooting in Atlanta that largely targeted Asian Americans. Liberals immediately rushed to condemn Trump despite knowing the motive behind the crime.
The horrific shooting left eight people dead, and one in critical condition. According to police, the shooter has taken “full responsibility” for the crime. Atlanta police revealed two of the victims were white while the remaining six were Asian American.
Race is not said to be a motive in this crime.
Liberal pundit Kurt Bardella, top adviser for the disgraced Lincoln Project, appeared on live television to blame xenophobia as a main motive for the crime.
“Why are we seeing this huge uptick in violence against Asian-Americans?” Bardella asked the audience.
The former Republican aide answered his own question, laying blame entirely on the GOP.
“Asian American violence coincided perfectly with the Republican party using terms like ‘Kung-Flu’ and ‘China Virus’,’” Bardella said, noting that Trump fueled the flames of inflammatory rhetoric.
CNN took full advantage of the shooting when they posted this headline:
“Attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise. Here’s what you can do”
The intention of the headline is merely to insist “hateful rhetoric” is a result of Trump’s pressure on China.
Many others took to Twitter with similar takes:
The former President used racist phrases like Kung Flu that inflamed discrimination against the Asian American community. Officials that continue to use ethnic identifiers in describing the virus are part of the problem. Please instead be a part of the solution. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/xxg3A12aAH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 17, 2021
Donald Trump and Republicans have spent the last 15 months demonizing the Asian community. A huge rise in assaults/attacks and the mass shooting in Ga should surprise no one. https://t.co/Sh5IX23hvT
— MarkMyWords (@jojobirdie29) March 17, 2021
i don’t think it’s a coincidence that Trump spent the better part of a year using a virus as a slur against Chinese people while hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked by 150 percent
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 17, 2021
trump caused this mass shooting.#StopAsianHate
— 🌊💙🇺🇲🦅 Anis Jerbi 🦅🇺🇲💙🌊 (@ArtistAJ17) March 17, 2021
Every news org has a responsibility to pair “the SUSPECT claims the killings were not racially motivated” with the context of the actual crime and the massive increase in racial violence against Asian Americans. Don’t let that quote from authorities stand alone.
— Steve Mullis (@stevemullis) March 17, 2021
As these tragedies mount, we have to face facts: angry white men are an existential threat.
America’s unwillingness to wrestle with this problem and call it by its name is leading to mass shootings, preventable tragedies, and rising fascism.https://t.co/wMOkiWzEAI
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 17, 2021
Toxic brew of too easy availability of guns and anti-Asian hate, ginned up by Trump and amplified by #GOP leaders. It is on all of us to unite and stand up to this violent bigotry against our AAPI sisters and brothers. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/8VJAaCBYwi
— Jo Anne Simon 文雅麗 (@JoAnneSimonBK52) March 17, 2021
Photo of Asian massage spa shooter.
I’m going to just say what we are all thinking…
Trump voter 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/2y2GheJK61
— Truth ☯️ ♎ (@KCAddison68) March 17, 2021
— Donna Eastlund (@52fairway) March 17, 2021
Police officials have shot down theories that race was a motivating factor in this crime. The shooter, Robert Aaron Long, revealed his sex addiction was actually his sole motivator, claiming the massage parlors were major sources of temptation for him.
While authorities have not ruled out a racially motivated hate crime, many were quick to jump to conclusions.