Rep. Rashida Tlaib deleted a tweet Thursday morning that blamed “white supremacy” for the mass shooting this week at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey.
“This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” Ms. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, wrote from her personal Twitter account.
Investigators believe anti-Semitism played a role in Tuesday’s attack at the J.C. Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City that left six people dead, including the two alleged attackers, who were both black.
Authorities said both of the suspects showed an interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites, but they were not formally involved with the black supremacist group.
Ms. Tlaib did not issue a corrected tweet.
On Wednesday, Ms. Tlaib responded to the shooting by decrying gun violence and the country’s “toxic” level of hatred.
“It was beyond heartbreaking to learn of what appears to be another anti-Semitic act of violence. The hate growing in our country is toxic,” she tweeted from her congressional account. “We must do so much more to fight it and stem the tide of gun violence. My love goes out to the victims, the first responders, their families, and the community of #JerseyCity.”
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