The El Paso Shooting: A Hate Crime
What Do We Know About the Shooter?
The morning of August 3rd, 2019, started out like any other morning for the people of El Paso. They were doing their morning shopping, not knowing that someone had driven all the way from Allen, Texas, with the intent to kill.
The shooter, Patrick Crusius, who had just turned 21 years old in July and was now legally able to purchase a weapon, was on his way into Walmart. Around 10 a.m., he entered the local Walmart store and began to open fire.
It has been reported that at least 22 people have died and as many as 40 more have been injured; confirmation is still pending. Hospital staff have reported that soldiers from Ft. Bliss are among those injured.
Crusius' Facebook and Twitter page have been suspended, and many items are being pushed as coming from these pages before they were suspended but are not confirmed as well. One item was that he was a "fan of Trump."
Patrick Crusius' ManifestoClick thumbnail to view full-size
Analysis a Domestic Terrorist's Manifesto
The manifesto that is being touted as coming from Patrick Crusius is a contradiction of his own actions based on the fact that he makes it clear that it wasn't about Trump, but then the entire thing calls to action based on Trump's rally rants.
He calls the immigrants Mexicans, while very few are actually Mexicans—the majority are from Honduras, El Salvador, and other surrounding areas.
He opens his manifest in support of the Christchurch shooter, Brenton Tarrant, the Australian White Supremacist who killed 50 worshipers in two Christchurch mosques and had connections with the Austrian far right, even donating money to their cause.
Crusius talks about Mexicans and calls their entry to our country an "invasion." He later refers to them as "invaders." These terms are openly used by Trump, Fox News, and Republicans to defend their agenda and rile up their base.
He fears because the "Mexicans" are coming to America, soon they will be here to vote out the Republican party. He highlights Republican talking points "open borders, free healthcare for illegals and citizenship." And he praises the fact that Republicans can reduce mass immigration and citizenship.
He then goes on a tangent about the environment and basically corporate welfare and Republicans allowing visas so they can have cheap labor.
Then he jumps back to getting rid of enough people to make our way of life more sustainable.
Threats in Crusius' Manifesto
He talks about the Hispanic population, not just the Mexicans anymore, but the Hispanic population if given the right incentive, will return home. "An incentive that myself and many other patriotic Americans will provide." He even threatens corporate America. He says that Hispanics will take control of the local and state government and "my beloved Texas", changing policy to better suit their needs.
For the second time, he mentions a coup, like Trump when speaking to the media or the times that Fox News had people like Newt Gingrich, Lou Dobbs, Corey Lewandowski and Steve Bannon on their show; talking about Coup attempts on the Trump Presidency by the "deep state".
The one thing that he did say that rings loudly, "America can only be destroyed from the inside out." He couldn't be more right in this statement. With Trump and his new Republican party of "yes" men, America is being destroyed from the inside out. The divisiveness and hate that comes out of the White House and Trump's tweets daily is destroying the America that we know and love.
As if, Patrick Crusius wasn't racist enough in the body of this "manifesto", coming to the closing, he justifies his actions with the racist comment; "it is not cowardly to pick low hanging fruit." For those that don't know what that means. There was a song written by Social Activist Abel Meeropol called Strange Fruit whose lyrics were
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
It was quickly connected to the term "Low Hanging Fruit " back in the 1930s and is still used today in racist comments.
Then he goes on about dying and how he will probably die because he will fight to the end, proudly sounding like a martyr for his cause. Only, he was actually captured without incident.
And in his closing, he wants to make sure to defend Trump and take away any responsibility from the racism and hate that Trump has been spreading and the Republicans have been allowing him to do by calling out Trump's favorite phrase, Fake News.
The only "fake news" about this horrible act of Domestic Terrorism is that he tried to blame it on the brown people as cause for his actions. The blame sits squarely on the shoulders of a white man who follows the hate mongering coming from the White House.