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Trump Retweets Suggestion That Mass Shootings Boost His Poll Numbers

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The deceased suspects in Wednesday's shooting were identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife or fiancee, Tashfeen Malik, 27. Co-workers told The Los Angeles Times that Farook was a devout Muslim.

The Twitter user Trump retweeted, who went by the name Mobious, was responding to another user who pointed out that Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric boosted his standing in the polls.

After a series of coordinated terrorist attacks struck Paris in mid-November, Trump amped up that rhetoric, calling for a national database of all Muslims living in the U.S. and passing around a debunked story about Muslims celebrating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New Jersey. He saw a spike in his national poll numbers as a result.

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released days after the Paris massacre, he was also tied with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton as the candidate best equipped to address terrorism.

Trump has thus far responded to the San Bernardino shooting by applauding the police officers involved in rescuing the victims and tracking down the suspects.

h/t Washington Post