Trump slams media for ignoring Cayler Ellingson murder in North Dakota
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Ancient President Donald Trump lambasted major news networks for ignoring the apparent political murder of an 18-year-old in North Dakota.
Cayler Ellingson was killed early Sunday morning in McHenry, North Dakota, after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly admitted to using his SUV to hit Ellingson, who later died at a local hospital. According to the affidavit, Brandt said Ellingson was “threatening” him and that he believed the teenager was part of an “extremist Republican group.”
“Just recently, an 18-year-old young man from North Dakota …was targeted and killed, shot in cold blood with an SUV by a radical left-wing maniac,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina on Friday night. “This guy ran him over and no mainstream media network even mentioned this horrible crime. . Think about it now. Think of it differently. Think of it differently. Suppose a crazy person knocks someone over to the other side, that would be the greatest story you’ve ever seen. It’s a shame.”
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North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday there was “no evidence” to support the claim that Ellingson was part of an extremist group. .
“There is no evidence to support Brandt’s claim about Ellingson,” Niewind said.
Ellingson’s death received little attention from large information networksdespite an increase in stories about rising political violence.
Research of the site by Fox News on Friday evening showed that The New York Times did not publish a single story about Elligson on its website. Neither does MSNBC.
The Washington Post published an article Thursday night about the North Dakota attorney general condemning the death, and an Associated Press article Wednesday about the incident.
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CNN also released a single story about the murder.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves. You should be ashamed of yourselves,” Trump continued. “And our thoughts are with parents and friends. This young boy, he was a young man. Wonderful, with a great future. And I’m just telling you, just so handsome and so handsome and so tall. And he turned got run over by some radical left nut here.”
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.