Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick of Texas falsely claimed that CNN, MSNBC, most of the print media, Democrats, and Geraldo Rivera are “accomplices” in Mollie Tibbetts’ murder.
Patrick, who claims to follow Jesus Christ, tried to blame hundreds of people not connected to the case because the actual murder suspect is an undocumented immigrant.
Patrick shared his twisted logic on Fox News:
On the left, it’s pure politics. They’re playing with people’s lives. Again, American citizens and people who legitimately want to come here aren’t criminals. They’re playing with their lives for politics.
You know, again, the CNN, MSNBC, most of the print media, and Democrats are all accomplices in the death of this young girl and the death of everyone else.
Patrick also blamed Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera: “I’ve never met the guy. Seems like he has a good heart.”
Trump and Republicans, who have tried the same scapegoating tactic, have been condemned by members of Tibbetts’ family, reports BuzzFeed News:
[Samnatha] Lucas told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday that while she and Tibbetts weren’t close, “I know enough about Mollie to know her political standings and that she would NOT want this to be used as fuel against undocumented immigrants.”
Lucas made similar comments on Twitter, saying that “Mollie’s death is not political propaganda to bring up your ‘build the wall’ bullshit” and that “we don’t want the discourse around Mollie’s death to be a political statement.”
Other friends and family members also pushed back against those politicizing the killing. Tibbetts’ aunt Billie Jo Calderwood wrote on Facebook Tuesday “please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color.”
“Our family has been blessed to be surrounded by love, friendship and support throughout this entire ordeal by friends from all different nations and races,” Calderwood added.