Progressives reacted to the shocking Kate Steinle verdict by claiming that the law has proven the killing was an accident, and by touting gun control, and by downplaying the killer’s identity as an illegal immigrant who hid in a sanctuary city after being deported five times.
The jury declared Zarate not guilty of the first-degree murder of Steinle, so the killing must be an accident, tweeted progressives.
An accident killed Kate Steinle. There is evidence the bullet that hit her ricocheted. Is it unfortunate? Yes. Sad but those are the facts.
— Justin G. (@JustinGPNW) December 1, 2017
#katesteinle Pple want him convicted bc he was here illegally. evidence proved it was a tragic accident.DA knew it but over charged him bc of public pressure even from @potus who used her death as a talking point. Kate died from a ricocheted bullet. https://t.co/CK4oQBOW35
— COUNTDOWN 2 TRICKLEDOWN (@advisingtrump2) December 1, 2017
Progressives argued that Republicans were “scapegoating immigrants,” even though Zarate did kill Steinle, was not a legal immigrant, but was an illegal immigrant who sneaked back into the country five times to hide under San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policies.
— Slate (@Slate) December 1, 2017
Now that we know this was a horrible accident, not a murder, will you apologize for repeatedly politicizing this, @RepGoodlatte. Or are you comfortable scapegoating immigrants to pass your scapegoating legislation?https://t.co/V0rjhbhR65
— Indivisible HBurg (@IndivisibleHBur) December 1, 2017
Donald Trump spent all year insisting that we kick out Mexican immigrants because one of them murdered #KateSteinle – but that individual has just been acquitted. Trump's entire racist argument has fallen apart. Now let's kick Trump out.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 1, 2017
Major progressive news outlets played up the progressive themes, and also relabelled the killer as a normal “Mexican man” or an “undocumented immigrant,” just not a five-deportation, city-protected, illegal alien.
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) December 1, 2017
BREAKING: Jury finds Mexican man at center of immigration debate not guilty of murder in San Francisco pier shooting.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2017
A jury found an undocumented immigrant not guilty of murder in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier that set off a national immigration debate. https://t.co/7LcVv3oQDH pic.twitter.com/dcUjlUaCTw
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 1, 2017
JUST IN: San Francisco jury finds undocumented immigrant not guilty of murder or manslaughter in killing of Kate Steinle, the woman whose shooting death provoked a national immigration debate. https://t.co/uNOvLGoXpm pic.twitter.com/3rfxxyCmGb
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2017
A jury in San Francisco has found an undocumented Mexican immigrant not guilty in a murder case that drew national attention to the issues of illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.
— NPR (@NPR) December 1, 2017
Democrats also tried to shift the focus to their campaign to control private ownership of guns.
What happened to her was horrible. But we've had two horrific mass shootings in as many months. What have you done about that? Nothing. You only speak up when they're a different color than you. You only urge action when they're not white. But that's the point, right?
— Dennis Carbone (@RogueOne1228) December 1, 2017
The best way to honor #KateSteinle and protect the hundreds of Americans who are shot and killed or injured every day in America is to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Why are we more upset that she was shot by an immigrant than that she was shot and killed???
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 1, 2017