The alleged perpetrator of the terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques in which 49 people were killed and over 40 more injured, has cited conservative activist Candace Owens as the inspiration for the shooting.
Owens, a right-wing media personality and prominent Trump supporter was cited by 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who posted a 74-page manifesto online before allegedly carrying out the shooting.
In it he cites Owens as the person who inspired him the most to commit acts of violence. Tarrant wrote that he was “stunned” by Owens’ insights and claimed her views “helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness”.
“Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes,” he writes.