It didn’t take long for some mainstream media members and Democrats to blame President Donald Trump for the horrific massacre on Friday that targeted Muslims in mosques — leaving at least 49 people dead and at least 48 others wounded.
At least one gunman targeted, shot and killed Muslim worshippers in two mosques.
A 28-year-old Australian who claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in New Zealand is in custody. He also live-streamed the brutal massacre.
The suspect issued an 87-page manifesto outlining his radicalization and hatred for Muslims and immigrant minorities.
Witness Carl Pomare told Radio New Zealand he saw hundreds of people “running for their lives” as the massacre unfolded.
“We saw these people hit the ground. They were being shot in front of us,” Pomare said.
He also told Newstalk ZB that “we saw them being shot” and “mowed down as they were running away.”
“I said to my mate, ‘We need to do something,’” Pomare added.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech after the terror attacks, “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
“These are people who I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world,” Ardern added.
Trump took to Twitter on Friday to express his condolences and stand in solidarity with New Zealand following the horrific tragedy.
“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” the president wrote.
“The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
But some liberals and media members were already pinning the blame for the massacre on Trump.
Some accused the president of triggering the shooter with his strong rhetoric against illegal immigrants.
Some also claimed Trump was Islamophobic because of his travel ban against immigrants from key countries compromised by terrorism.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) actually blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the shooting during an interview on CNN.
“Words do have consequences, and we know that at the …