"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump-I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough-until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad."
Around that time, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant was live-streaming his attacks on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques that left 49 worshipers dead.
The gunman also released online a 74-page manifesto in which he describes himself as a "regular white man from a regular family" who "decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people," adding he used to be "a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before coming to be an eco-fascist."
It includes the phrase popular among white supremacists, "We must secure an existence for our people and a future for white children."
He added he wanted his attacks to send the message "Nowhere in the world is safe."
He claimed inspiration from other far-right white nationalist attackers, like Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 attack in Norway, for "focused violence" to create a "white homeland."
His weapons displayed white-supremacist symbols, including the name of a Swedish child killed in a 2017 attack; the name Alexandre Bissonnette, a Canadian far-right extremist guilty of killing worshipers in a 2017 attack on a Canadian mosque; and that of a man extolled for defeating Muslims in an eighth-century battle.
He also praised Donald Trump, whom he hailed as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose," going on to discuss "threats to the electoral college," and his desire to "end the melting pot" by "balkanizing" the United States "along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines."
This is significant, particularly when we consider Trump's response.
Of course he tweeted a benign "My warmest sympathy and best wishes."
There was no word about the shooter or his motives, nor was there disavowal.
Later during a press conference, however, Trump managed to drift into exactly the same style rhetoric as the mosque attacker and other white supremacists:
"I have to in particular thank the Republican strong wonderful people, are the Republican senators that were on our side and on the side of border security, and on the side of doing what they have to, to keep our nation safe. They were very courageous yesterday [defending the national emergency] and appreciate that very much. Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality, it's against reality. It is a tremendous national emergency. It is a tremendous crisis. Last month more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word invasion but that's what it is. It's an invasion of drugs and criminals and people, we have no idea of who they are but we capture them because border security is so good. But they're put in a very bad position. And we're bursting at the seams."
But that's not all.
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