Responding to the verdict in the Kate Steinle murder case, CNN analyst Kirsten Powers said on Twitter the “tragic shooting” was portrayed by President Trump as a “vicious intentional murder” in order “to stir up bigotry against Mexicans.”
“Jury found that the shooting was an accident. Nonetheless Trump repeatedly portrayed this as a vicious intentional murder (versus a tragic accident) in an effort to stir up bigotry against Mexicans,” she tweeted.
Naturally, this didn’t sit too well with many on the social media site. One person, for example, said Powers is “so misguided.”
Guilty or not, the “accident” that Powers describes involved several intentional acts of lawbreaking by Zarate. He entered the country illegally; he committed a drug crime that caused him to be incarcerated (after which he would have been deported if not for San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy); and he took a pistol that he allegedly “found” but which actually belonged to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent whose car had been burglarized.