Over the weekend, a 21-year-old white man opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, killing at least 22 people and injuring more. Following the shooting an extremely racist “manifesto” was leaked online that the shooter had allegedly posted to the website 8chan, in which he outlined his beliefs and worries about a “Hispanic invasion”.
The manifesto prompted concerns from the media and citizens about growing white supremacy in America and the effects of the rhetoric echoed by Trump and Fox News.
In a segment on Fox News, commentator Tucker Carlson called these concerns a “hoax”, saying: “in point of fact, he never endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy. That’s just a lie.” The rant was in reference to reason media criticism of Donald Trump who has until recently, repeatedly avoided directly condemning white supremacists.
He went on to say that the “whole thing is a lie”, and then started to rant, saying:
This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax. It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power. That’s exactly what’s going on
Many media outlets have echoed concerns about growing white supremacy in America, while FBI Director Christopher Wray recently said: “I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of white, what you might call white supremacist violence, but it includes other things as well,” during a Senate hearing.