The mass shooter who killed 9 in Germany published a racist manifesto where he identified as an incel and accused Trump of stealing his populist slogans

The mass shooter who killed 9 in Germany published a racist manifesto where he identified as an incel and accused Trump of stealing his populist slogans
  • A mass shooter in Hanau, Germany, published a delusional, racist manifesto in which he accused Donald Trump of stealing his slogans, identified as an incel, and called for non-whites to be killed.
  • On Wednesday night the 43-year-old shot dead nine people at two locations in Hanau, central Germany. Police found him dead, alongside his mother, 73, at his home early Thursday.
  • In the 24-page manifesto, the attacker accused Trump of stealing slogans like "America First." He also said he avoided sex due to a fear of state surveillance. 
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A man who shot dead nine civilians in Hanau, Germany, on Wednesday night published a racist manifesto in which he identified as an incel, called for the extermination of non-whites, and accused President Donald Trump of stealing his ideas.

At 10 p.m. local time, the attacker, named in German media as Tobias Rathjen, first opened fired at the Midnight shisha bar.

He then drove 1.5 miles west to the Arena Bar & Cafe, proceeding to shoot dead five people before returning home, according to local media and Hesse Police.

Police officers later found him and his 73-year-old mother dead at their home. 

Before the attack, the 43-year-old posted a 24-page manifesto to his website in which he sought to justify his beliefs.

Police officers secure the area after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, February 19, 2020.
Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The manifesto, reviewed by Insider, details a deep-set hatred of non-whites.

The man calls for the peoples of a large number of North African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries to be "completely destroyed" on the basis that they are biologically inferior. (There is no evidence to support this claim in mainstream scientific research.)

The author, who wrote in German, also claims that President Donald Trump stole some of his ideas.

"A billionaire in the USA is implementing my policy recommendation (even some slogans I developed like 'America First, Buy American and Hire American',)" the manifesto says.

The author also criticized other "races and cultures [that] have not only made no contribution here, but are destructive — especially Islam."

The man writes that he is also an incel — a term describing those who involuntarily refrain from sex.

He says he has not had a relationship with a woman in 18 years, due to a fear of the state surveilling him. 

"Initial analysis of the webpage of the suspect indicate a xenophobic motivation," Peter Beuth, interior minister for the state of Hesse, said, according to The Associated Press.

The nine victims are believed to be mainly Turkish and Kurdish, according to local media. 

The German newspaper Bild, citing the German press agency, said many of those who died came to Germany as immigrants.

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