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Michael Moore Faces Backlash for Tweet About Boulder Shooting Suspect Ahmad Alissa

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Michael Moore is facing a backlash from right-wing commentators after suggesting that mass shootings are a “beloved” part of American culture in a tweet about Boulder suspect Ahmad Alissa.

Alissa, 21, was on Tuesday identified by police as the gunman who opened fire inside the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, killing 10 people—including a police officer.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Later in the day, Moore shared a Tweet with a picture of the Statue of Liberty in New York alongside the caption: “The life of Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shows that people can come from all over the world and truly assimilate into our beloved American culture.”

Police respond at a King Sooper’s grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack.
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He said: “[It was] not at all a political statement, it’s mental illness. The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school, he was like an outgoing kid but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social.”

This paranoia appears to come through in some of Alissa’s past Facebook posts where he talks about his phone being hacked, according to reports.

The Liberty Buzz reports that Alissa wrote in a March 2019 post: “Just curious what are the laws about phone privacy because I believe. my old school (a west) was hacking my phone. Anyone know if I can do anything through the law?”

In July 2019, he also reported posted: “Yeah if these racist islamophobic people would stop hacking my phone and let me have a normal life I probably could.”

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