Following her emotional appearance on Morning Joe earlier today, Dr. Suzanne Barakat, sister of one of three Muslim students shot and killed near the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill this week, visited CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper. There, she continued to label the shooting as one motivated by hate and described as a symptom of a larger anti-Muslim movement in this country.
“It has been tremendously heartwarming to see the outpouring of love and support,” for the victims of the shooting, Barakat said, especially in an time when it is “open season against Islam, Muslims in Washington, Muslims in the general media, dehumanizing Muslims in movies like American Sniper.”
Barakat’s reference to the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood film echoes the criticism of figures likeMichael Moore and Bill Maher, who have noted Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s use of the word “savages” to describe Iraqis.
After President Barack Obama finally addressed the shooting in statement today, Barakat said no one from the White House has yet reached out to her directly, but said, “I hear they intend to and we very much appreciate it.” The Justice Department and FBI also announced Friday that they would be investigating the triple murder.