CNN commentator Symone Sanders sparked a heated debate on Twitter.com when she blamed the murder of Mollie Tibbetts on "toxic masculinity" instead of an illegal alien.
Sanders, who was a spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, insists that the bigger issue is male "toxic masculinity" that rears its ugly head when women reject them.
"Mollie Tibbetts was murdered b/c she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging," Sanders tweeted on Thursday. “Her murderer happens to be undocumented. This isn’t about border security. This is about toxic masculinity. Mollie Tibbetts lost her life b/c a man couldn’t take her saying no. Full stop."
"Her murderer actually might not even be undocumented. Regardless it is problematic for people to characterize an entire community based off the actions of one person. The majority of mass shootings in America are carried out by white men. So are we going to round them all up?... That logic is asinine, archaic and flawed. I’d love if we could have a real conversation about how women’s lives are literally in danger because some men do not know how to check their egos. How many more women have to die before we can address this?... Lest we continue to defile the life of #MollieTibbets with racist garbage some folks think is politically expedient that does nothing to address the root cause of the issue. Just stop."
Mollie Tibbetts was murdered b/c she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. Her murderer happens to be undocumented. This isn’t about border security. This is about toxic masculinity. Mollie Tibbetts lost her life b/c a man couldn’t take her saying no. Full stop.
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 22, 2018
Tibbetts is a 20-year-old college student who went missing while jogging in the small rural city of Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18.
This week, law enforcement in Iowa identified her killer as Christhian Bahena-Rivera, a 24-year-old illegal alien from one of the most violent towns in Mexico.
Bahena-Rivera has been living in America illegally for four to seven years.
He used a stolen ID to apply for a job at dairy farm in Brooklyn, Iowa. His employer admits he did not use the government's E-Verify system to check if Bahena-Rivera was an illegal alien.
Bahena-Rivera said he spotted Tibbetts jogging on the morning of July 18. He pursued her -- first in his car and then on foot. He said she pulled out her cell phone and threatened to call police if he didn't leave her alone.
Bahena-Rivera claims he blacked out and doesn't remember stabbing Tibbetts multiple times or stuffing her body in the trunk of his car.
He led police to Tibbetts' decomposed body in a cornfield near his job. He covered her body with cornstalks to conceal her death.