A Democrat alleges that Trump is connected to the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church

During a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) attributed the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, to former President Donald Trump. Clyburn brought up the topic while discussing President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to the state.

“Is it fair to tie in any way what happened at the Emanuel AME Church to Donald Trump?” Tapper asked Clyburn “Donald Trump had barely launched his campaign when that attack happened.”

“I think it is very clear that Donald Trump’s utterances way back before Charlottesville or at the time of Charlottesville ties him to what happened at Mother Emanuel,” Clyburn claimed. “The fact of the matter is, that young man went into that church’s basement, joined with those worshipers in Bible study, and murdered them.”

“And he said at the time that he was attempting to create a race war. But the people of Charleston, South Carolina, the families of the affected victims all came together to get beyond hate and reach out to help continue this pursuit of a more perfect union,” he continued.

“Donald Trump looked at those people in Charlottesville and said that there were good people on both sides. And those people were uttering things like, ‘Jews will not replace us.’ That is a religion. The AME Church Emanuel, that is religion. And Donald Trump has said things in support of those activities that ties him closely to what happened at Mother Emanuel.”