Florida high school shooter espoused extreme racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views and openly expressed them on social media.
By: World Israel News Staff
Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed 17 high school students in Florida on Wednesday, advocated racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic views, which he expressed on social media. He also displayed an obsession with violence and guns.
CNN reported Saturday that Cruz’s hateful remarks were posted on a private Instagram group, named “Murica (American flag emoji) (eagle emoji) great.” He wrote that he hated, “jews, ni**ers, immigrants.”
Cruz talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks.
His remarks are several of hundreds of racist messages, racist memes and racist videos posted in the group, CNN reported.
Cruz said he hated black people simply because they were black, and he hated Jews because he believed they wanted to destroy the world.
After one member expressed hatred for gay people, Cruz said, “Shoot them in the back of head.”
One member remarked about Cruz’s particular spitefulness, saying that although he hated black people too, unlike Cruz, he didn’t “to a point I wanna kill the (sic) like nick.”
In one anti-Semitic tirade, Cruz referenced his biological mother, saying, “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her,” CNN reported. Cruz was adopted by a couple as a baby.
Cruz expressed hatred for white women as well, specifically those in interracial relationships, whom he referred to as “traitors.”
At one point in the chat, he wrote, “I think I am going to kill people.” After a member told him not to say things like that, he said he was “just playing.”
In two instances, Cruz also discussed his killing of small animals. He posted a photo on his Instagram account of a disemboweled frog, saying he killed it because one had killed his dog. In the Instagram chat, he describes killing a number of birds with his gun.
“He seemed nice but also had some mental issues,” one group member told CNN. “All (I know) is that he likes guns and really hates liberals.”
Five of the 17 victims killed by Cruz were Jews, identified as Jamie Guttenberg, Alyssa Alhadeff, Alex Schachter, Meadow Pollack, and teacher Scott Beigel, who was lauded for putting himself in the line of fire to save his students.