Steven Guilbeault withdraws a controversial tweet
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has taken down a controversial tweet in which he called the California shooting a racist act against the Asian community. The main suspect is himself of Asian origin, several Internet users pointed out to the chosen one.
Screenshot of Steven Guilbeault’s tweet. The post has since been deleted.
This tweet caused a strong reaction from the community on Twitter, where many accuse Steven Guilbeault of having instrumentalized the event without having checked the facts, in order to spread his own values. Some critics have also targeted the minister’s lack of transparency, calling him a “coward” after seeing the tweet since disappear.
The minister also posted the message on Facebook, which he eventually took down.
Recall that a dozen people were killed and a dozen others injured in a shooting that occurred in Monterey Park, California. The suspect, Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old man, opened fire at a nightclub where several people were celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Guilbeault's office confirmed that they posted the tweet in question last night and deleted it this morning after learning new information that made the post no longer relevant.