Written by on March 18, 2019

Democrats led by an Arab-American lawmaker attacked what they described as President Donald Trump’s silence on the rise of white supremacy yesterday as reaction to the New Zealand mosque massacre spilled into a heated US debate over religious and racial bigotry.

With controversy swirling over Trump’s tepid response to the massacre, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was forced to deny any affinity between the president’s anti-immigration rhetoric and the accused Christchurch shooter’s extremist views.

Meanwhile, on a separate interview yesterday, Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit in addition to one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to the US Congress, charged that the president’s failure to speak out forcefully against white supremacy was making the country less safe.

It will be recalled that after the attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, which left 50 dead, Trump expressed sympathy and solidarity with the victims and people of New Zealand.

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