‘We should be condemning all hate’: Don Jr. blasts ‘sickening’ Muslim NYU students who blamed Chelsea Clinton for the New Zealand massacre because she ‘incited an Islamophobic mob’
- President’s son tweeted in support, writing: ‘Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem’
- Chelsea Clinton tried to attend a vigil at New York University on Friday
- Students berated her and said her words had inspired attack in New Zealand
- White nationalist shooter killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch
- NYU students said that Clinton had inspired ‘Islamophobic mob’ with her words
- Was referring to Clinton’s criticism of Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar last month
- Clinton accused Omar of using ‘anti-Semitic tropes’ in her language about Israel
Don Jr has come to Chelsea Clinton’s defense labeling Muslim NYU students who blamed her for the New Zealand mosques attack as ‘sickening’.
The president’s son tweeted in support of the pregnant former first daughter after she was berated at the vigil at New York University on Friday.
Don Jr wrote: ‘It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism.
‘We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.’
Clinton, who is pregnant with her third child, was approached by senior Leen Dweik who began castigating her in an astonishing moment caught on video.
‘This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,’ says Dweik, gesturing to the vigil for the 49 who were killed in Christchurch when a white nationalist shooter stormed two mosques.
‘And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deeply – 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there,’ Dweik continues, jabbing her index finger toward Clinton as other students snap their fingers in apparent approval of her words.
The president’s son tweeted in support of the pregnant former first daughter
Clinton was attending the vigil at New York University on Friday when a female student began laying into her in an astonishing moment caught on video. Don Jr has since come to Clinton’s defense on Twitter
‘This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,’ said Dweik
People attend a vigil held at NYU Kimmel Center to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, Manhattan on Friday
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‘I’m so sorry you feel that way,’ Clinton responds, only to provoke more ire from the crowd.
‘What does “I’m sorry you feel that way” mean? What does that mean?’ an unseen male is heard shouting from the crowd.
According to NYU student Rose Asaf, who posted the video on Twitter, students at the vigil were angry about Clinton’s accusation last month that Rep Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, used ‘anti-Semitic language and tropes’ while criticizing Israel.
Omar came under heavy criticism within her own party for her remarks, in which she suggested that money plays a role in U.S. foreign policy toward Israel.
Clinton was one of many who condemned Omar’s remarks, writing in a tweet: ‘We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.’
Chelsea Clinton (center) watches during the NYU vigil. Some student were angry at her presence though, and berated her for criticizing Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar
Democratic representative from Minnesota Ilhan Omar (left) prepares to address several hundred students at rally outside the US Capitol on Friday
Asaf blasted Clinton for her criticism of Omar, saying that the former first daughter had incited a ‘mob’ against the Muslim congresswoman.
‘People haven’t forgotten the Islamophobic mob she incited against @IlhanMN. There is no sense of responsibility,’ wrote Asaf, who identified herself as a ‘Jewish leftist’ in her Twitter profile.
Asaf has served in the NYU student senate as Senator at-Large for Marginalized Jewish Students, Student Activists, and Students With Mental Health Struggles, according to published reports.
Asaf wrote in a tweet that Dweik is a ‘bold a** palestinian muslim woman’ who ‘doesn’t have anything to apologize for.’
Her Twitter account has since been set to private.
Rose Asaf, who posted the video, has served in the NYU student senate as Senator at-Large for Marginalized Jewish Students, Student Activists, and Students With Mental Health Struggles
A man holds a placard at a vigil on Friday held at NYU Kimmel Center to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand
Imam Khalid Latif, Muslim Chaplain at NYU speaks at a vigil held at NYU Kimmel Center to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand
Dweik was tagged in Asaf’s post as Twitter user @vivafalastin, whose profile says she is an NYU senior and features the Palestinian flag.
Dweik wrote in a Twitter post about the vigil: ‘i was on the verge of tears all day today and actually cried on my into and during prayer but the charade of a vigil where more non-muslims than muslims spoke and chelsea clinton was invited made me so viscerally angry and i will not apologize for that.’
Dweik was identified in a November article as an Alternate Senator-at-Large for Middle Eastern and North African Students and Documented Non-citizen Students at NYU.
A dozen are still in critical condition after Friday’s attack in New Zealand, where a heavily armed shooter stormed two mosques, firing indiscriminately in a horror massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook.
Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in court on Saturday to face initial charges in the case.
Brenton Tarrant, the accused Christchurch shooter, appears in court on Saturday. He is seen making an ‘OK’ sign with his hand, which has been adopted as an ironic white power symbol
Tarrant, 28, originally from Grafton, New South Wales but more recently a resident of Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, was arrested and charged for the attack
A heavily armed shooter stormed two mosques on Friday, firing indiscriminately in a horror massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook. A still from the broadcast is seen above
He stood in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read a single murder charge against him. A raft of further charges were expected.
Tarrant posted a manifesto online prior to the attack, in which he stated that he was an ‘eco-fascist’ opposed to Muslim or other immigration to Western countries.
He wrote that he hoped the attack would heighten divisions over gun control policy in the U.S., which he speculated would lead to a civil war along political, cultural and racial lines.
Tarrant in his writing cited U.S. conservative commentator Candace Owens as the single greatest influence on his radicalization.
Owens, who is black, dismissed that claim as ‘pointedly absurd’ in a statement.
Timeline of terror: How the Christchurch shootings unfolded
Friday March 15, 1.30pm local time (12.30am GMT): Gunman identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant live-streams mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque as Friday prayers are underway. The Bangladesh cricket team were on their way to the mosque at the time.
Another shooting takes place at a mosque in Linwood, 3.5 miles to the east.
1.40pm: Police respond to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch. People are urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour. Shortly afterwards, all schools in the city are placed into lockdown.
2.10pm: Police confirm they are attending an ‘evolving situation’ involving an ‘active shooter’
3.30pm: Two explosive devices attached to a car are found and disarmed by a bomb squad at Strickland Street, not far from the Al Noor Mosque.
4pm: One person confirmed to be in custody. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says there have been ‘multiple fatalities’ at two locations – both mosques. Mosques across New Zealand urged to shut their doors.
4.10pm: Prime minister Jacinda Ardern calls it ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.
5.30pm: Mr Bush says three men and one woman are in custody. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison confirms one of those arrested is Australian.
7.30pm: Ms Ardern says 40 are dead and more than 20 are seriously injured but confirms the offender is in custody
National security threat level is lifted from low to high.
7.45pm: Britomart train station in central Auckland is evacuated after bags are found unattended. The bags were deemed not suspicious.
9pm: Death toll rises to 49 and Police Commissioner Bush reveals a man in his late 20s has been charged with murder.
Police are not looking for any named or identified suspects, he says, but adds that it would be ‘wrong to assume that there is no-one else’.
11.50pm: Investigation extends 240 miles to the south where homes are evacuated around a ‘location of interest’ in Dunedin.
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