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.”
You are so misguided
— Mimi Musella (@memersmusella) December 1, 2017
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.
As for stirring up “bigotry,” Trump made clear throughout his presidential campaign that he was opposed to illegal aliens, not Mexicans as such. He even visited the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, during the campaign.
Others weighed in as well. One person told Powers that it was no accident Jose Garcia Zarate was in the city, despite having been deported five times.
It wasn't an accident that SF allowed a illegal felon to freely walk the streets.
— Larry Myers (@lmyersloz) December 1, 2017
Accident or not, had he been deported as ordered, she would likely be alive today.
— Randy Adams (@randalladams) December 1, 2017
Another person wondered how Powers would react if it has her daughter who was killed by an illegal alien:
What if that were your daughter lady? The gun went off 3 THREE times and he threw it in the water yea an innocent person does that! You are part of the problem!
— VP.Ldy1 (@LdyNJ1) December 1, 2017
Another Twitter user asked Powers if she supports the city releasing the shooter from jail instead of handing him over to federal authorities for deportation.
Are you defending San Francisco releasing the shooter from jail instead of holding him for federal authorities? Steinle would be alive today had San Fran cooperated with federal authorities. Do you deny that?
— Susan Moore (@Moorewealthal) December 1, 2017
This is like finding a drunk driver innocent of killing someone because the car just went over the line accidently. Total injustice. I can bet a zillion dollars that most all Americans feel this is an injustice and this verdict will NOT help those fighting for illegal rights.
— 🌸MySharona🌸 (@MeSharona1) December 1, 2017
Get a grip Powers. Trump has it right and America knows it!
— Sherill Calhoun (@sherillcalhoun1) December 1, 2017
It was no accident, and you're no better than those hack lawyers using this as a political statement against Trump..a beautiful young AMERICAN WOMAN is dead at the hands of an ILLEGAL criminal that shouldn't have been here anyway!!! You're horrible.
— 🎅🎄☃️Jenni ☃️🎄🤶🏻⭐⭐⭐ (@jennmac415) December 1, 2017
My best neighbor is a Mexican. I drink beer and ride Harley’s with Mexicans. I voted for Trump. This has nothing to do with Mexicans and everything to do with justice. Stop trying to make everything about race. It’s getting old. #Steinle
— Terry the Deplorable (@IronButtAllan) December 1, 2017
I'm pro legal immigration and I'm even for expanding legal status where it makes sense (like DACA recipients), BUT… I have no freaking clue how you don't get so much as an involuntary manslaughter charge out of this case. Pure San Francisco values insanity.
— Jeff Heid (@jheid607) December 1, 2017
— Jim (@jimv245) December 1, 2017
Powers, by the way, isn’t the only one to use the verdict to attack Trump.
According to a post at sfgate.com:
After Thursday’s verdict, [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions released a statement saying that San Francisco’s decision to “protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
[Lead attorney Matt] Gonzalez punched back, reminding Trump, Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence of the ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The men, he said, “may soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence and beyond-a-reasonable-doubt standard.”
Others suggested Powers just helped Trump win in 2020:
@KirstenPowers officially kicks off Trumps re-election campaign.
— David (@ReallyFouts) December 1, 2017
Trump just won 2020… most if Not All Of us Trump supporters will NEVER support a Democrat again. You AntiAmerican Flag Burning Commies.
— Old-Skull 🇺🇸MAGA (@OldSkull65) December 1, 2017
And at least one person suggested Powers has blood on her hands:
An innocent young woman was killed by an illegal. To downplay this suggests you have blood on your hands.
— Fred Askare ❌ (@JCharles791) December 1, 2017
Zarate, by the way, is a seven-time felon who has been deported multiple times. Although he was found guilty of a weapons charge, federal authorities are looking to deport him again.
Which means there may very well be more “tragic accidents” take place in the Golden State.
- Michael Savage goes nuclear over Steinle verdict: Arrest Nancy Pelosi, send federal troops into San Francisco — Video
- Internet explodes as five-time deported illegal alien found not guilty in murder of Kate Steinle despite confession
- Defense lawyer in Steinle case suggests gun, not client, at fault
- ICE Arrests Five Illegal Aliens Released by New York Sanctuary Cities
- San Francisco Releases Another Illegal Under Detainer Who Commits Murder
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