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Rosie Ayliffe and her daughter, Mia Ayliffe-Chung (Facebook)

‘Insane persecution’

Mother of victim furious at Trump for claiming her daughter died in a terrorist attack

February 8, 2017

In the wake of the White House’s distribution of a list of 78 “major” terror attacks that supposedly didn’t receive adequate press attention since September 2014, the mother of a murdered British backpacker has written to President Donald Trump to inform him that “[her] daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people.”

The victim, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, was stabbed to death alongside fellow backpacker Tom Jackson in Queensland, Australia, in August 2016. In a statement posted to Facebook, Rosie Ayliffe noted that Australian police had been able to rule out terrorism or radicalization as the motivation for her daughter’s murder almost immediately.

“This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred,” wrote Ayliffe.

On Monday, Trump harangued the press for purportedly failing to adequately cover terrorism. Contrary to these claims, CNN reported that it had in fact covered 61 of the 78 incidents identified by the White House as allegedly not having received due attention.

Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have both allegedly invented fictional terrorist attacks in what appears to be an attempt at justifying Trump’s ban on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries entering the U.S. Trump has faced numerous legal challenges to the controversial executive order, including a legal rebuke from former acting attorney Sally Yates and the suspension of key parts of the executive order by a federal judge on Friday.

Read the full story at CNN.


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