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Students confront Chelsea Clinton over New Zealand mosque shootings

17 March 2019

Chelsea Clinton is indirectly to blame for the massacre that took place on Friday in New Zealand, according to at least some Muslim students at New York University (NYU).

"I didn't tell Chelsea Clinton she was the one who put a gun to Muslims' heads", the student later tweeted.

"This right here is the result of the massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you have put out into the world", one student said to Clinton.

The students' comments were in response to Clinton's criticism of Democratic politician Ilhan Omar, who sparked controversy last month when she tweeted that a fellow politician was motivated by money to defend Israel.

Clinton did not apologize, but said, "Certainly, it was never my intention".

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New Zealand citizens as young as 16, provided they pass a background check to get a firearms license, can possess a long gun. She said neither the gunmen nor the suspected accomplices were on any terrorist watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

"We should all be condemning anti-Semitism and all forms of hate", he wrote. Omar has recently suggested American Jews have "dual loyalty" and criticized pro-Israel lobby AIPAC as being "All about the Benjamins". As people in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and human rights, we were profoundly disappointed when Chelsea Clinton used her platform to fan those flames. "I want you to feel that deep inside, that forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric that you put out there". Clinton tried to deescalate the situation, but the students continued, with more joining in.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Clinton's Facebook page. "Anyone who doesn't understand this is part of the problem", the president's eldest son added.

The video was taken on Friday at a vigil in NY for the 49 victims of the shootings, which targeted two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

"What does 'I'm sorry you feel that way mean?'", someone from behind the camera yells, before the video cuts out.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a prominent conservative commentator, agreed and said the blame lies exclusively with the gunman. "We should all expect elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted.