Donald Trump Jr. has blamed Democrats for the murder of Iowa
student Mollie Tibbetts, ignoring pleas from members of her
family for the crime not to be politicised.
In an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register Friday, the
president’s eldest son said that Tibbetts was a “casualty of the
left’s love for open borders.”
"The radical policies of the Democrats have left a trail of
human wreckage in pursuit of their open borders dream," he said.
“The Democrats are pushing policies that are a direct
existential threat to the lives of innocent Americans,” wrote
Trump Organization executive Trump Jr, a prominent defender of
his father's policies.
Tibbetts vanished after going out for a jog in Brooklyn, Iowa in
July. Her body was found in August.
The man accused of the murder by police is an undocumented
President Trump and the Republican party, both of which often
seize on the deaths of young, white women to stoke fears of all
immigrants, have pushed the story hard in part to distract
attention from a series of ongoing scandals surrounding the
At a fundraiser in Ohio in August Trump said that "Democrat
immigration policies are destroying innocent lives and spilling
very innocent blood."
Other conservatives have also cited the murder as evidence of
the danger posed by allowing undocumented migrants into the
U.S., including Senator Tom Cotton and commentator Candace Owens.
Tibbett’s family have repeatedly pushed back, saying that they
do not blame immigrants, and do not want her death to be used to
push an anti-immigrant agenda.
Sam Lucas, a cousin of Tibbetts, has described Owens as
“despicable” and of “using my cousins death as political
"I don't want Mollie's memory to get lost amongst politics,"
Tibbett’s aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, told CNN in August.
Citing the outpouring of support from all ethnicities during the
search for her niece, she said "It's not about race, it's about
people joining together to do good.”
At his daughter’s funeral in late August, Mollie Tibbett’s
father, Ron Tibbett’s, defended the Iowan Latino community.
“The Hispanic community are Iowans. They have the same values as
Iowans.” He said, adding “As far as I’m concerned, they’re
Iowans with better food.”