Gavin McInnes, a right-wing commentator on CRTV and leader of the bizarre “Proud Boys” organization, claimed that Dylann Roof—a white nationalist who murdered black churchgoers in 2015—was not a terrorist, despite the fact that Roof wrote a manifesto explaining that he carried out a mass shooting for political purposes.
On today’s episode of McInnes’ new CRTV program “Get Off My Lawn,” he explained that he did not think it was correct to label the mass shooting at a Texas church last week as an act of terrorism because there was no apparent political reasoning for it and “sometimes politicization matters.” But despite this working definition, he claimed that Roof’s massacre of black churchgoers in 2015 was not terrorism.
“Dylann Roof, Batman shooting, Columbine—those are mental midget lunatic drug addict psychos on crazy medication. That’s not terrorism,” McInnes said. “When jihadists do it, it’s terrorism.”
McInnes went on, “There’s reasons why jihadists commit terror. There are not reasons why lunatic white people commit terror.”
In his manifesto, which was loaded with racial slurs, Roof explained that he felt a racial injustice against white people and that he felt the calling to bring the ideology of the “skinheads” and “real KKK” he found online “to the real world.”