President Donald Trump used the recent murder of Mollie Tibbetts, a white 20-year-old girl, to attack immigration laws because Tibbetts’ alleged murderer is an undocumented immigrant, Cristhian Rivera.
Rivera allegedly attacked Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18 then dumped her body in a field. Rivera reportedly lived in Iowa between four and seven years where he worked on a farm, notes the Daily Mail.
Trump exploited Tibbetts’ death during a rally in West Virginia on Aug. 21 while people chanted “build the wall”:
You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman.
Should have never happened. Illegally in our country. We’ve had a huge impact but the laws are so bad. The immigration laws are such a disgrace. We’re getting them changed but we have to get more Republicans. We have to get.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa also tried to blame immigration laws, which have nothing to do with Tibbetts’ murder, on Twitter:
As Iowans, we are heartbroken and we are angry. We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator to live in our community and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer.
Over the past month, thousands of Iowans searched and prayed for Mollie’s safe return.
Now, we are called to come together to lift up a grieving family. The search for Mollie is over, but the demand for justice has just begun.
For Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tried to blame immigration laws and sanctuary cities for Tibbetts’ murder on Twitter:
Suspect is illegal immigrant. If found guilty he will be reminder why sanctuary cities and open borders are as stupid as the politicians who promote them.
Fox News contributor Tomi Lauren also attacked Democrats and tried to compare Tibbetts’ murder to innocent immigrant children illegally separated from their parents and detained in jails by the Trump administration on Facebook:
Hey liberals, you wanna talk about child separation? How about this, 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts has been violently and permanently separated from her parents at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
Yet another young person has been murdered by an illegal immigrant. This time a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who’s been living in the area illegally for four to seven years.
‘Yeah, we have American citizens who murder. That’s true. That’s why we don’t need to deal with it from people who have no legal right to be here in the first place.
A member of Tibbett’s family slammed the Republicans for using Tibbett’s death to attack immigrants:
hey i’m a member of mollie’s family and we are not so fucking small-minded that we generalize a whole population based on some bad individuals. now stop being a f*cking snake and using my cousins death as political propaganda. take her name out of your mouth. https://t.co/xxZNBF0Uv9
— sam (@samlucasss) August 22, 2018
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