The mother of a young backpacker, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, stabbed to death in Queensland, Australia, is slamming President Donald Trump for labeling her daughter’s murder a “terrorist attack.”
In order to support Trump’s claim that the media is failing to properly report terrorist attacks, the White House distributed a list of 78 incidents that fall under the label of “terrorism.” Included in the list was the murders of Mia and a fellow backpacker, Thomas Jackson, that took place in a Queensland hostel last August.
Rosie Ayliffe demanded that her daughter’s death “must not be used to persecute innocent people,” as Trump is fighting tooth and nail to prove immigrants, especially the ones hailing from Muslim countries, are terrorists and should be kept out of the U.S.
“Any fool can shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they commit a crime. I have lived and worked in the Islamic world for a number of years, and wrote ‘The Rough Guide to Turkey.’ Some of the research was carried out with Mia as a baby. Mia traveled in Turkey and Morocco too, albeit too briefly. We encountered nothing but respect and hospitality from people who are committed to courtesy and honoring their fellow human beings,” Ayliffe wrote of Muslims in an open letter to the POTUS.
“This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred,” she added.
What’s more, Mia and Thomas’ murderer has already been identified as Smail Ayad, a 29-year-old Frenchman. The possibility of their deaths being related to an Islamic terror attack was already dismissed in the early stages of the police investigation.
All of the above statements go to prove that the White House falsely labeled Mia’s murder as an “underreported terror attack.”
But the lies don’t end here. The report also stated all the incidents listed were “underreported” whereas in reality, they received wide coverage. Responding to the claims, CNN host Anderson Cooper said, “Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily. I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. ‘360’ was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that’s on the list.”
The Trump administration really needs to get a grip on facts before making false claims and lying to cover up other lies.
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