After the appalling massacre of the Quebec Mosque, whose four years we celebrated yesterday, some people immediately said that the “radios” in the capital had blood on their hands.
It was a bit quick in the works. The trial had not taken place.
Four years later, one must wonder if it is not rather Trumpism – a nebula of radicalized ideologies – which is partly responsible for this horrible stain on the history of our capital.
Obviously, the first cause remains the mental disorder of the perpetrator of the atrocious act. We can also see it as a kind of breeding ground where a murderous ideology germinated.
Recently, I carefully read the essay “Who Belongs in Quebec” (Linda Leith publishing), by Raquel Fletcher, Global Network correspondent at the National Assembly.
Fletcher covered the trial of the mosque killer and recounts it in detail. To support their evidence, the police scoured the assassin’s web dating, she recalls.
However, in these, there was no Quebec reference as such.
The Quebec murderer, like the young adults of his time, had their minds elsewhere. He was drinking from the Twitter accounts of right-wing commentators: Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly. But also on the Facebook page of Marine Le Pen. Pages devoted to serial killers also caught his attention.
On the morning of the tragedy, he read an article in the “New York Times” online about President Trump’s famous “muslim ban” decree prohibiting nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Nine days earlier, during his inauguration, Trump had promised “to unite the world to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump had multiplied the releases imprinted with anti-Muslim ideas.
However, as Fletcher notes in his book, the Quebec killer was very interested in the American presidential election. This had led him to “learn about immigration and Islamist terrorism,” she reports.
Since January 6, 2021, the day of the horrific attack on the Capitol, no one can take Trumpism lightly.
PBS’s “Frontline” this week featured the remarkable documentary “Trump’s American Carnage.”
We are redoing the common thread of the Trump mandate: from the “muslim ban” to the Capitol via Charlottesville. Trump’s reaction to these latest events (one death) was found to legitimize, within the Republican Party itself, abject racist and supremacist movements.
Trumpism leads to violence. It was by chanting “let’s hang Mike Pence” that the Trumpians ransacked the Capitol. Trump, at the same time, was tweeting to denigrate his vice president!
Terrorists were also frantically searching for House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Some swore to put a “bullet in the head”.
Other factors than this ideology obviously led the killer, in 2017 in Quebec City, to take action: mental illness, xenophobia from home.
But it cannot be denied that it was also, very much, an “American” tragedy.