In a report at the top of Monday’s NBC Today, Canadian reporter Genevieve Beauchemin of CTV News wasted no time trying to connect a mass shooting at a Quebec mosque to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Middle Eastern nations: “Investigators say the motive of the attack remains unknown. It comes just days after President Trump’s controversial immigration ban sparked international outrage.”
After a clip played of protesters chanting “Let them in!,” Beauchemin continued: “The President’s executive order prompting Prime Minister Trudeau to tweet, ‘To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.’ The premiere of Quebec echoing Trudeau’s message.”
Later in the 7:30 half hour, following a news brief from co-host Matt Lauer on the mosque attack, substitute co-host Hoda Kotb declared: “And that shooting comes amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Trump’s order to restrict travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.”
In her earlier report, Beauchemin admitted that “the motive of the attack remains unknown.” As it turned out, one of the mosque attackers was Muslim and both gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar!” while committing the murders.