The 23-year-old suspected of killing five people Thursday in Britain’s worst mass shooting since 2010, was a Donald Trump supporter who expressed views common to the QAnon and “incel” — or involuntarily celibate — communities.
The shooter, identified as Jake Davison, reportedly worked as a scaffolder and wanted to move to the U.S. In the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010, Davison allegedly killed his mother, Maxine Davison, a 3-year-old girl named Sophie Martyn, the girl’s father, Lee Martyn, as well as two bystanders, Stephen Washington and Kate Shepherd.
Davison’s social media pages were full of pro-Trump posts and images. He posted multiple self-pitying YouTube videos about how he looked, often using language common in the incel community where he blamed women for his lack of a girlfriend. In one post from 2018, Davison shared a Trump quote and, when his friends ridiculed him in the comments, the suspect hit back: “You may not agree with his political views (I do) but he is different from the scum like Hillary or the people running our country like the neo-con sellout that is [then-British Prime Minister] Theresa May.”
In YouTube videos, Davison referred to people like himself as “blackpillers,” a subset of the incel community who believe certain men can never attract women regardless of how hard they work.
There was a tragic shooting in the UK yesterday in which 5 people were killed. Shootings are extremely rare in Britain, so it's the top story in the news. In the US, by comparison, an average of 53 people are murdered with guns every single day.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 13, 2021
Davison’s mother was known to have disapproved of her son’s misogynistic views, and the two clashed frequently. Davison also “beat up his father a couple of months ago,” according to a source. Davison urgently needed mental health treatment but wasn’t able to get help in time, a family friend reportedly wrote on Facebook, blaming the country’s national health system for failing the family.
Davison also claimed to be from Arizona and reportedly was obsessed with American conservative politics, following Trump and all of his children on Facebook, as well as other right-wing accounts including those belonging to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the NRA, and “Ted Nugent for Senate”.
UK police and politicians quickly jumped to say the shooting of #jakedavison was not 'terrorism'
Davidson ran a YouTube channel, and in his last video just over 2 weeks ago spoke about being black pilled and the absence of a good life, for incels and virgins.
Sound familiar? pic.twitter.com/W8IE3dbE7v
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) August 13, 2021