- A near 2,400-word manifesto posted online shortly before a deadly attack in El Paso is believed to belong to the alleged perpetrator, law enforcement officials say.
- In the manifesto, the author rails against mass immigration into the U.S., arguing that political leaders are not doing enough to stop the replacement of the native white population.
- The manifesto lists political, economic and environmental reasons for committing the attack. The author claimed “pride” in fighting for the future of America and Europe.
The man allegedly behind a deadly shooting spree at a Texas shopping mall is believed to have published an anti-immigrant manifesto minutes before the attack.
Law enforcement officials are confident that an anti-immigrant screed posted online belongs to Patrick Wood Crusius, the 21-year-old man allegedly responsible for Saturday’s mass shooting attack at a Walmart in El Paso — leaving at least 20 people dead and 26 injured.
The near 2,400-word manifesto allegedly outlines the shooter’s reasons for the launching the attack, breaking down the “political” and “economic” motivations. The entire diatribe argues that U.S. leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — are guilty of allowing unfettered immigration into the country and that violent action is needed to preserve the white population.
“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion,” the manifesto reads. “[I]t makes no sense to keep on letting millions of illegal or legal immigrants flood into the United States, and to keep the tens of millions that are already here.”
The screed blamed the GOP for being “divided” on the issue of mass immigration, accusing a significant portion of the Republican Party of being sold to corporate interests that want to maintain a steady flow of low-wage migrants into the country. It took particular aim at the Democratic Party, accusing it of being essentially universal in its support of welcoming an onslaught of migrants, and said Democrats’ “pandering” to the Hispanic population will give them dominant control of the U.S. political system in the near future.
“The heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold. Losing Texas and a few other states with heavy Hispanic population to the Democrats is all it would take for them to win nearly every presidential election,” the manifesto continued.
The author expressed explicit support to the Christchurch shooter, who killed around 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March. The author also gained inspiration for his Saturday attack by reading “The Great Replacement,” a book by a white nationalist French author who claims European elites are conspiring to replace their native populations with non-European immigrants.
The manifesto ticks off a number of perceptively far-right grievances, however, the author also devoted a significant portion to overpopulation and its contribution to environmental degradation.
“The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heaing [sic] the destruction of our environment by shamelessly over harvesting resources,” it went on, saying Americans are unwilling to change their lifestyle to save the environment. “Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations. Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent.”
The author concluded the “next logical step” is to decrease the population. “If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable,” the manifesto said.
“This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe. I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country from destruction,” the manifesto said.
The El Paso police chief said his department believes the manifesto belongs to the shooter. If so, Saturday’s deadly attack will likely be branded as a hate crime.
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