White Newsmax Panelist Blames Asian Masseuses for Atlanta Shooting Rampage
Five white Newsmax anchors – including a high-profile ex-GOP official – said on Thursday that the domestic terrorist who murdered eight people across three Asian-owned spas on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia was not necessarily motivated by racism.
Instead, they suggested, the gunman was acting out of some sort of sexual frustration over a possible attraction to Asian women.
Eight people – including six Asian women – were killed in the rampage.
“Some in the media are demanding it to be classified as a hate crime,” host Emma Rechenberg said.
“Yeah, not even after 24 hours of the investigation,” co-host Shaun Kraisman complained. “But investigators said Wednesday – that was yesterday – that the suspected gunman, 21-year-old Robert Long, told them he was motivated by a sexual addiction and added that racism did not appear to be the motive.”
He later added that Long was not racially-provoked because he did not target “every Asian restaurant.”
Former Nevada Republican Party Chair Amy Tarkanian said that the assault was “a very sad situation,” adding that “some mental problems” may have triggered the shootings.
While it is true that investigators have not officially determined if the suspect committed acts that can be classified as hate crimes, they have nonetheless cautioned that they are still gathering evidence and that nothing is off the table.
Law enforcement has not, however, publicly announced that the assailant suffered from psychological issues.
Regardless of the known facts, Tarkanian said that she has “seen a number of attacks that are taking place on the Asian community and these aren’t just by white people. These are people of every race and the fact that we are so quick to jump on this one – it is questionable.”
She did not offer a specific example.
“He claims that he had a sex addiction and the fact that he chose a massage parlor, I don’t know,” Tarkanian continued. “Maybe he is just incredibly attracted to the Asian community and, you know, maybe the massage and the touch is what turned him off – or turned him on – and that’s why he felt he needed to get rid of the situation. He’s obviously not well.”
Watch the full segment below, courtesy of Crooks and Liars: