Mollie Tibbetts' father decries 'profoundly racist' politicization of her death

Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that Mollie's entire hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, is struggling with the divisiveness her murder has brought to its typically harmonious existence.

"Do not appropriate Mollie's soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist", he wrote. Authorities believe she was abducted while out running July 18. An undocumented immigrant has been arrested in her killing. "The act grievously extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and is, to quote Donald Trump Jr., "heartless" and 'despicable'". "We appealed to them and they graciously stopped", Rob Tibbetts wrote in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register. "Please leave us out of your debate", Rob implored. Allow us to grieve in privacy and with dignity.

In an email Sunday, Tibbetts said he initially wrote the column to rebut Trump's claims and asked for the same decency that Vice President Mike Pence showed him and his family. "On behalf of my family and Mollie's memory, I'm imploring you to stop", Rob continued.

He told authorities that he did remember dragging Tibbetts, with blood on the side of her head, into a cornfield, and leaving her there, officials said.

The father of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student whose body was found last month, has called on others to not "callously distort and corrupt" her death to promote a political agenda, a day after President Donald Trump's eldest son blamed Democrats for her death. The piece expanded on some of the comments he made at his daughter's funeral defending the Hispanic community. "They have the same values as Iowans".

He compared Mollie to John McCain, and considered them both to be good people who wouldn't stand for the kind of hate being directed to the latino community.

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He echoed that sentiment in his Saturday op-ed, delivering a message directly to those who have been targeted by anti-immigrant graffiti and racist robocalls.

Tibbetts also slams the suggestion that "the person who is accused of taking Mollie's life is no more a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are of all white people".

"To suggest otherwise is a lie", he wrote. But on Thursday Reynolds said: "It's unconscionable that somebody would take and utilize a tragic death like Mollie Tibbetts".

Surveillance video led to the identification of a vehicle belonging to Rivera, and an investigation determined that he was one of the last people to see Mollie Tibbetts alive, police said.

Rob Tibbetts, who adds that his stepdaughter is Latina, says he keeps asking himself, at every turn, what his daughter would do. As an American, I have one tenet: "to respect every citizen of the world and actively engage in the ongoing pursuit to form a more flawless union".

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