As part of Sunday’s new WikiLeaks drop, an email chain shows that immediately upon receiving the news that the gunman responsible for the San Bernardino terrorist shooting that left 14 people dead and 22 injured had an Islamic name, top Clinton officials were unhappy and Hillary Clinton chairman John Podesta suggested it would be “better” if a person with an American name had done the shooting.
Matt Ortega, liaison for the Clinton campaign, began the chain by sending out a tweet from MSNBC host Chris Hayes with the email subject line “Tweet | NBC reports a shooter’s name.”
NBC News now reporting a US citizen named Sayeed Farouk believed to be one of the people involved in the shooting.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 3, 2015
Karen Finney—spokesman for the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and former MSNBC host wrote a terse response to this news:
Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta fired back the following response:
Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter.
Breitbart News has reached out to John Podesta via twitter to ask why this would be “better.”
Podesta had not responded at press time.
Madrid couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out the attack at a Christmas party held at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health as an act of jihad against the United States. Farook, an employee of that department, was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent. His wife, Malik, was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States.
After the shooting, then-primary candidate Donald Trump called for his ban on Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”