'Start Here' podcast: New Zealand mosque attacks and hate speech

Questions are being raised about whether the suspected shooter was inspired by the type of white supremacist rhetoric often heard from elected officials. ABC News' Brad Mielke reports.
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Transcript for 'Start Here' podcast: New Zealand mosque attacks and hate speech
Asia authorities in New Zealand's say the violence and hate here were imported. So the question then becomes who exported. Police say the suspect who see a flash a white power sign in court asking from Australia. But critics point out some of the language in his writings at dose right wing politicians from farther away including president trump. Acting White House chief of staff Michael Rainey told Fox News this weekend at that connection is far fetched so I asked ABC news contributor John Cullen who angled camera terrorism. For the Obama and George W. Bush administration's if he agreed. The question isn't whether the president is a white supremacist. The question is are his words inspiring. Violence and fortunately what we are learning is that they do. Do we know that because most leaning is whole point was kind of you know you can point to a word or phrase that disguise use they can say yet the president said that once by that would mean your knowing the times the president condemned white supremacy. This avowed white supremacists literally told people do not commit violence so if the president's words are so powerful these people why would attackers. Quote some of his work that ignore the others. Com and but that's not what we're saying what we're saying is that our elected officials are using almost virtually the same language that's being used. By. Individuals. Who are thought leaders in these extremist movement and the caveat that you. That you mentioned in out but don't go out and commit violence. And isn't being included. And you know John tell me if you look at deadly attacks in the US in Europe and now sadly in New Zealand the vast majority of those attacks were committed. By right wing extremists who have a lot more on this on store here later this morning listen on apple podcast where he figured podcasting app. Generic markets and that's sure to be a good 1 this morning.

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