Tim Kaine Ties Trump to New Zealand Shooting; Says President’s Language Incites Violence, ‚Emboldens‘ White Nationalists
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said President Donald Trump’s rhetoric emboldens white nationalists and incites violence when discussing the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: Late last night we spoke with Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, he had just returned from a visit to the Venezuelan border and spoke to us from Bogota, Colombia. We asked Senator Kaine about President Trump saying that he did not think white nationalism was a rising threat around the world. KAINE: Margaret, it is on the rise and the president should call it out but sadly he’s not doing that. We saw in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Charlottesville that he tried to say that the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neo confederates there were just, you know, good people. But when you see church shootings in Charleston, a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, you see this hate filled manifesto of the shooter in New Zealand who is murdering Muslims, we have to confront the fact that there is a rise in white supremacy, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim attitudes. The president uses language often that’s very similar to the language used by these bigots and racists.