U.S. writer and journalist Howard Kurtz said it is “horribly unfair” to blame President Trump for the mass shootings, as some media had suggested.
In just 24 hours, two long-range gun attacks took the lives of 29 people and injured 53 others in Ohio and Texas on Aug. 3 and 4.
“To suggest that he’s responsible, that he’s encouraging, that he’s condoning the actions of a crazed gunman seems to me to be horribly unfair on the media’s part,” Kurtz said the day after the tragedy, according to Fox News.
Despite disagreements with some White House policies, Kurtz distanced himself from his colleagues and the editorial line of the media that blamed President Trump.
Kurtz said that in an election year, the president’s rival politicians can be expected to blame him for the tragedy. However, he said the media should not follow that same pattern. “Should the media tolerate this?” the presenter wondered.
In Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 23, 2017, James Fields drove his car at protesters protesting white supremacy, killing Heather Heyer and injuring more than 30 people. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at the end of June this year.
President Trump indicated that the protesters present at the event were also to blame for what had happened, according to Fox News.
It is in this context that after the two shootings over the weekend, some mass media and members of the Democratic opposition blamed the president for what happened.
On the other hand, CNN published a note in which Beto O’Rourke, ex-congressman and current pre-candidate to the presidency by the Democratic opposition, who represented El Paso in the House, reported that the Texas shooter apparently published an anti-immigrant manifesto from which the attack committed could be deduced and blamed Trump and the conservative media for their alleged “racist” rhetoric, according to Daily Beast.
That is why journalist Katherine Timpf agreed with Kurtz that the media should not follow the same rhetoric.
Timpf said that while she disagreed with President Trump’s policy on immigration, the media had no right to accuse the president of the mass shootings.
“However, I’ve already seen a few columns, there’s one in The Intercept … basically saying the same thing that Beto is saying that Trump is responsible for this, and that’s just insane,” Timpf said, according to Fox News.
“Obviously, Trump doesn’t want to see all these people murdered,” she added.
“Nobody wants to see something like this, these are crazed lunatics,” said the journalist, clarifying once again that blaming President Trump for the tragic event “it’s illogical, in addition to being unfair.”
Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, agreed that O’Rourke’s remarks are unfair.
“Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Beto O’Rourke, a former colleague of mine who I hold in high regard, is running for president and to the extent he can make this an issue he’s going to,” Mulvaney said, according to Daily Beast.
As a posthumous tribute, President Donald Trump yesterday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in official buildings for five days to pay tribute to the 29 victims.