What disturbs me, Christopher Oldcorn, about the reaction to this horror, is that so many respectable publications (like the Guardian and the NYT) are going out of their way to point out that manifestos like this are designed to gain attention and that they don’t always tell the full truth about motivation.
While I don’t have any trouble understanding the truth of that observation, I don’t think it’s a very profound truth.
Sure, the murderer may have designed his manifesto to sow discord and gain attention. So?
That doesn’t mean that he wasn’t actually motivated by the white supremacy he was pushing. That he wanted to gain publicity for it would be as easily explained by the fact that he believed it enough to want to promote it.
I think when terrorists claim that they were motivated by certain public figures like Donald Trump or Candace Owens, we do ourselves no favors by poo-pooing what they say.