The father of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts blasted people using his daughter’s death to promote “profoundly racist” views — a day after President Trump’s son published a screed blaming Democrats’ “radical open-borders agenda” for her demise.
In an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register Friday, Donald Trump Jr. called Democrats “despicable” for their responses to Tibbetts’ death at the hands of an illegal Mexican immigrant — despite the family’s repeated requests Mollie’s death not be used as a political football.
And so Tibbetts’ dad Rob took to the paper’s pages Saturday to lambast those who cynically use the murder to score political points — using Trump Jr.’s own words against him.
“I encourage the debate on immigration; there is great merit in its reasonable outcome. But do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist. The act grievously extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and is, to quote Donald Trump Jr., ‘heartless’ and ‘despicable,’” he wrote.