President Donald Trump tweeted out a link to the anti-Muslim Breitbart News website shortly after news broke about a massacre at a New Zealand mosque.
The shooting, which left 49 people dead, was live-streamed on Facebook, and the gunman apparently posted a manifesto on the far-right-friendly 8chan forum and set up other social media accounts to promote the screed ahead of the massacre.
Late Thursday, after the shooting had been reported by U.S. media and presumably after the president would have been briefed, Trump tweeted out a link to the Breitbart homepage, where the lead story at that point was an article highlighting disgraced New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik's claims about special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump's tweet offered no commentary on the link to Breitbart's homepage, which frequently features inflammatory content about Islam and Muslims, and the right-wing site soon changed its lead story to the Christchurch shooting.
Other social media users were appalled and confused.
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews I am a New Zealander watching news coverage of a mass shooting at a mosque in Chris… https://t.co/bmmwpwRwUR— Jen Longshaw (@Jen Longshaw) 1552619578.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews You're just out here plugging Breitbart for no reason whatsoever? Cool. That's a to… https://t.co/VFFmTLWNCL— Bye, Trump! 👋👋👋 (@Bye, Trump! 👋👋👋) 1552620849.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews What a predictably disgusting asshole you are. Our friends in Christchurch, New Ze… https://t.co/4MPdcPrh4L— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1552621477.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews you typed breitbart dot com into the wrong space mr president sir— raandy (@raandy) 1552619223.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews Of course you posted this as news breaks that a far right lunatic shot up a Mosque.… https://t.co/puvl2DSYXt— Andrew Abramson (@Andrew Abramson) 1552619511.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews No words of condolences? No words of mourning? No words of support? No words of co… https://t.co/uMaFRRESbk— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@Ida Skibenes ❄️) 1552640191.0
@realDonaldTrump How about tweeting about the horrific mass-shooting at the #NewZealand mosques, and acting like a… https://t.co/QaJeBDWQda— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1552619889.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews You were too lazy and embarrassing to tweet a note of condolence to NZ PM… https://t.co/VGNCYcIwrS— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮) 1552641708.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews I think you misspelled Christchurch.— Rogue NASA (@Rogue NASA) 1552620034.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews Yes you are correct, that is one if the websites that caused this tragedy.— Andrew Jon Thomson (@Andrew Jon Thomson) 1552632827.0
@CatherineQ @realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews Apparently he was fresh out of thoughts and prayers.— John Hart 🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗 (@John Hart 🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗) 1552639791.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews Seriously disgraceful.— Anarchy Soup Offense (@Anarchy Soup Offense) 1552639587.0
@realDonaldTrump @BreitbartNews World leaders are sending messages of condolence and this is the best you can do...... God help America— Epicurean Tours (@Epicurean Tours) 1552639818.0