'The gunman and the Devil': GOP strategist blames 'two people' for New Zealand shooting
Alice Stewart appears on ABC (screen grab)

Republican strategist Alice Stewart on Sunday slammed people who connect President Donald Trump's failure to condemn white supremacy to the atmosphere of hate that allowed a gunman to massacre dozens of people at a mosque in New Zealand.

"I think it's irresponsible," Stewart said on ABC's This Week. "There's two people to blame for this tragedy in New Zealand: it is the gunman and the Devil. There's no two ways about it."

"We need to lower the tone and the rhetoric of the dialog that we have," she added. "But at the end of the day, these types of incidents are the result or the fault of the person behind the gun."

Stewart also connected a surge of white nationalism to "the rise in globalism."

"I think you can say as a person and as someone who supports my nation and this country, I can also be supportive of my nation but also want to protect my boundaries," she explained. "I think that needs to be considered."

Watch the video below from ABC.