Barack Obama Joins in on Condolences for New Zealand's Mass Shooting, Shares a Touching Statement
On Friday, New Zealand faced a tragedy when a mass shooter opened fire in two mosques. Since then, people around the world have reached out to offer their support and condolences.
Former US President Barack Obama also penned his own message to the country.
President Barack Obama took to Twitter to condemn the terrorist attack that occurred in New Zealand last week. In his message of support to the country, he also gave clear instructions on what the world should do next.
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019
In his message he and his wife former first lady Michelle Obama said:
“Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.”
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Michelle and I send condolences and strength to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and with the Muslim community. Every single one of us, every color, every creed, has a daily responsibility to rally against hate and bigotry in all their forms and to stand up for what is good, and decent, and true.
New Zealand police have since arrested Brenton Tarrant for killing 49 people at two mosques. Upon investigation, the authorities found that Tarrant had posted a 74-page manifesto online before going on his rampage.
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In it, he explained that his actions had been motivated by the far-right extremism he saw in the United States. He also mentioned other places where he had intended to kill people if he hadn’t been caught.
The 28-year-old white man also revealed that he looked upon the current US president, Donald Trump as a “symbol of white supremacy.” He announced that he was taking a stand for his people before live-streaming the massacre.
Thank you Mr. President...— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 15, 2019
Love Trumps Hate.
ps. We miss you.
Three other people were also taken into custody in connection with the shootings. Two men and one woman were allegedly caught with weapons on the same day.
Thank you Mr. President. I miss having someone who respects all people.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 15, 2019
Trump also sent his “sympathy” to the people of New Zealand and called the tragedy senseless, although some people responded to his tweet with accusations of being responsible for inciting hate and division. Hundreds of people were praying at the mosques in Christchurch when Tarrant barged in wearing black military clothing before opening fire.
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
Addressing the shooting, Trump said he didn’t see white nationalism as a rising global threat. His answer, when asked about it at the Oval Office, was: "I don't really.”
He added, "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess."
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