‘So misguided’: CNN analyst Kirsten Powers says Steinle’s killing a ‘tragic accident’ exploited by Trump to stir up bigotry

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.

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Naturally, this didn’t sit too well with many on the social media site.  One person, for example, said Powers is “so misguided.”

Breitbart responded:

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.

Another person wondered how Powers would react if it has her daughter who was killed by an illegal alien:

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.

Others added:

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:

And at least one person suggested Powers has blood on her hands:

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.

And, sfgate.com said, “San Francisco remains committed to its sanctuary status, and Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to create a statewide sanctuary policy.

Which means there may very well be more “tragic accidents” take place in the Golden State.

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