White nationalists are falsely claiming that the man responsible for killing more than 12 people in the recent Florida shooting belonged to an extremist group online.
According to law enforcement agencies, there is no proof backing this claim, and the rumor seems to be spread by white nationalists themselves.
On Thursday afternoon, the Anti-Defamation League reported that a white supremacist group claimed ties with Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, including many high-school students, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“A spokesperson for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 15, that Nikolas Cruz [….] was associated with his group,” the ADL reported. The ADL quoted a man named Jordan Jereb, who runs the small group, which is based in Tallahassee.
Former congressman and right-wing talk show host, Joe Walsh, tweeted about this news saying, “Because the dishonest mainstream media wanted to believe it. They don’t care about facts, just ‘reporting’ stories that fit their pre-determined narrative.”
Because the dishonest mainstream media wanted to believe it. They don’t care about facts, just “reporting” stories that fit their pre-determined narrative. https://t.co/IhnCxVjpI2
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 19, 2018
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