The Anti Defamation League (ADL) tried to link the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre from yesterday to “white supremacy”, claiming the suspect Nikolas de Jesus Cruz was tied to a so-called white supremacist (the group describes itself as white nationalist, but that’s of minor importance when you’re into race baiting) group, ROF respectively (the Republic of Florida). The ADL reported on early Thursday morning that a member of ROF, a spokesperson of sorts, “admitted” that Nikolas de Jesus Cruz was “associated” with the Republic of Florida. Here’s the quote:
A spokesperson for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 15, that Nikolas Cruz, the man charged with the previous day’s deadly shooting spree at a Parkland, Florida, high school, was associated with his group. After self-described ROF members claimed on the discussion forum 4chan that Cruz had also been a member, the Anti-Defamation League called the ROF hotline and spoke with an ROF member who identified himself as Jordan Jereb. Jereb said that Cruz was associated with ROF, having been “brought up” by another member. Jereb added that Cruz had participated in one or more ROF training exercises in the Tallahassee area, carpooling with other ROF members from south Florida.
The AP jumped on the race baiting wagon and “confirmed” that de Jesus Cruz was a member of the ROF:
BREAKING: Leader of white nationalist group has confirmed suspect in Florida school shooting was member of his organization.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 15, 2018
However, later on Thursday, a local law enforcement official was quoted by the Tallahassee Democrat as saying there’s no evidence for ADL/AP’s claim:
Local law enforcement sources have not found a connection between accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a Tallahassee-based paramilitary group.Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as claimed by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb. His comments to the Anti-Defamation League and The Associated Press set off a media firestorm Thursday at about midday that Cruz was connected to the alt-right, white nationalist group.
Social media rumors claim the whole “white supremacy” story was concocted by trolls on 4chan message boards, and the ADL and AP took the bait and swallowed it hook, line and sinker, as usual. However, the ADL are hanging tight to their story, saying that “it is for law enforcement to 100% confirm that he was a part of this group.”
With a name like de Jesus Cruz, I somehow doubt he’s a white supremacist. I’m betting he was more aptly their target. I mean, it’s kind of hard to be a Hispanic and White Supremacist. I remember when the media labeled George Zimmerman a “white Hispanic.” After all, they claim Ben Carson is a white supremacist, so anything is possible.
Just Now: Nicolas Cruz makes first court appearance, charged with 17 felony counts of premeditated murder. pic.twitter.com/JC99p8mv5Q
— Tosca Austen (@ToscaAusten) February 15, 2018