Police confirm that there are no links between Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and the Republic of Florida, the white supremacist organization that the media has been claiming Cruz belonged to.
The Anti-Defamation League kicked off the media narrative by reporting the claims of Jordan Jereb, Republic of Florida leader, who said that Cruz was part of his group and trained with white supremacist militants.
This claim was parroted widely in the mainstream media, with outlets including TIME, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast reporting on the Anti-Defamation League’s theory.
However, police ended the media speculation Thursday evening.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said that “We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter.”
The Associated Press also reported that law enforcement interviewed Jereb and found “no known ties” between Cruz and the secessionist organization.
Jordan Jereb, the leader of the Republic of Florida, confirmed in a series of Gab messages that Cruz was not actually part of his group as he had claimed. It remains unclear whether Jereb was being dishonest or whether he mistakenly identified Cruz as a member of the group, but the fact remains that Cruz never belonged to the organization.
The white nationalist who lied about his connection to the Florida shooter is claiming it was an intentional prank, but also that he was deceived, but also that he was misrepresented, and that by the way he is definitely not a cop!! pic.twitter.com/lnPiesJosN
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) February 16, 2018
Big League Politics reported critically on the mainstream media’s narrative earlier Thursday, based on a Berkeley-educated Forbes reporter’s claim that Jereb is not a trustworthy source, and based on statements from others that Jereb is not to be trusted on such matters.
The falsity of the white supremacist claim casts doubt on the three “unnamed former schoolmates” of Cruz who told ABC News that Cruz was a member of the group, marched with the group, and was close with Jordan Jereb.
Three unnamed former schoolmates of Cruz have been routinely cited in mainstream news coverage of the shooting to detail Cruz’s past disciplinary incidents in the school system.
The first unnamed former classmate of Cruz to speak to the media — who said that he went to alternative school with Cruz after Cruz was kicked out of high school — claimed that Cruz was fond of guns and that he knew the layout of the high school and what to do in a “fire drill” situation. A fire drill occurred at the school earlier in the day, and students and parents also said that they expected another drill — possibly an active shooter drill — at the school that same day. CBS 4 in Miami, which broadcast the former classmate’s claims, did not provide the former classmate’s name.
Cruz was expelled from the school. Law enforcement reportedly arrested him right outside a house near the high school campus, and sources say Cruz might have escaped the school after the shooting by blending in with fellow students.
Cruz’s mother is reportedly dead and he was living with a friend’s family.
President Trump Defends American Heritage in Mount Rushmore Celebration
The President defended American heritage, images, and traditions against the cultural Left.
President Donald Trump delivered a full-throated defense of American heritage, traditions, and history during his Independence Day celebration event at Mount Rushmore on Friday, pledging to defend icons of American civilization from the onslaught of a fanatical cultural Left intent on destroying and pillaging them.
The President pledged that the American monument at which he spoke would “never be destroyed” by the cultural fanatics determined to destroy images of other American Presidents, such as Andrew Jackson and Ulysses Grant.
“I am here as your President to proclaim before the country, and before the world,” pledged the President, “this monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacies will never ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
An attempt to prevent the event by left-wing rioters by barricading off the public access road to Mount Rushmore failed, with law enforcement towing away sabotaged vehicles they planted on the road to prevent Americans from participating in political expression.
The President spoke against the insidious agenda of the cultural left, calling out the major corporations and societal institutions that have cheered on the recent attack throughout American society against patriotic traditions.
Trump: "Our children are taught in school to hate their own country"
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) July 4, 2020
“And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled and bled, to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”
MAGA conservatives and America First Nationalists largely saluted the speech as one of the greatest of Trump’s presidency, speaking with clarity in defense of American identity in an era where liberal fanaticism threatens the fabric of the American way of life.
Watch: Donald Trump Mt. Rushmore 4th of July Speech — Greatest Speech of the Presidency
— Jake Lloyd (@JacobCLloyd) July 4, 2020
The President also announced the creation of a new “Garden of American Heroes,” a patriotic public park that will honor the legacies and memory of American patriots such as George Patton, Amelia Earheart, and Benjamin Franklin.
Watch the full speech here:
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