The morning after an explosive device injured 29 people in Chelsea, one of Manhattan’s most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, prominent members of the alt-right community began circulating an unlikely online manifesto that credits liberals and the LGBT community itself for the attack.
The manifesto consists of two Tumblr posts that went up Sunday, hours after an explosive device rocked 23rd St. and a second suspected device, which didn’t detonate, was found on 27th St.
“I’m the NY Bomber,” the blog post claims, with the nameless writer claiming the bomb had been planted in protest of Donald Trump and broader mistreatment of the LGBT community. While New York officials have not announced a motive or suspect in the explosion, that hasn’t stopped some from circulating and crediting the page.
The page, which had a rainbow flag in its banner, said the bombs are a protest against the oppression of the LGBT community— even though they were left in one of New York’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods.
The blogger wrote, “I am not going to stand by while there is inequality in my country such as the racism being seen in white police officers all over the country. I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic, republican candidate running for President of The United States!”
My first thought when this happened was that it was a Trump supporter that did this, hoping a “terrorist” attack would strengthen Trump’s chances of winning.