Yes, the Shooter Really Was a White Supremacist

Yesterday the head of a Florida white supremacist militia retracted his claim that Nikolas Cruz had been part of his group and had trained with them. I expressed some skepticism of that because the retraction seemed far too convenient for them after initially admitting it. Now CNN reports on Cruz’ frequent expression of white supremacist ideology in a long-running private Instagram group chat.

Racism was a constant theme in the chat group, which was called “Murica (American flag emoji) (eagle emoji) great” — a name it was given by Cruz.

The hatred he and others in the group espoused met little resistance from its active members. In one part of the group chat, Cruz wrote that he hated, “jews, ni**ers, immigrants.”

He talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks. The statements were not made in jest…

Cruz said he hated black people simply because they were black; Cruz hated Jews because he believed they wanted to destroy the world.

After one member expressed hatred for gay people, Cruz agreed, saying, “Shoot them in the back of head.”
White women drew Cruz’s hatred as well, specifically those in interracial relationships, whom he referred to repeatedly as traitors…

During one of the anti-Semitic rants in the chat, Cruz spoke of his birth mother, saying, “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her.”

Whether he belonged to the Republic of Florida militia or not, that is pure white supremacism right there and there is no way to disguise it or dismiss it or wave it away.

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