- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2018

CNN commentator and former Bernard Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders argued Wednesday that the alleged murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts by a reported illegal immigrant is a problem of “toxic masculinity,” not weak immigration policies.

Ms. Sanders rejected the conservative notion that Ms. Tibbetts’ death highlighted the need for stricter immigration laws, saying the 20-year-old was targeted by her killer simply because she allegedly spurned his advances.

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Ms. Sanders asked “how many more women have to die” before people start taking the issue of toxic masculinity seriously.

She also asked her female followers how many of them have been treated aggressively after turning down a man’s advances.

Conservatives didn’t take kindly to Ms. Sanders’ hypothesis, accusing the TV commentator of politicizing Ms. Tibbetts’ death. Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren asked if she was high.

The body of Ms. Tibbetts was found Tuesday in Poweshiek County, one month after she disappeared while going for a jog. Cristhian Rivera, a reported illegal immigrant who faces first-degree murder charges in her death, told police he followed Ms. Tibbetts with his car and pursued her when she started running away.

Reacting to the news of the arrest, President Trump at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, called the nation’s immigration laws “a disgrace.”

“You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico,” he said. “And you saw what happened to that incredible beautiful young woman.”

“Should have never happened. Illegally in our country,” he added. “We’ve had a huge impact, but the laws are so bad, the immigration laws are such a disgrace. We’re getting it changed but we have to get more Republicans.”

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