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Trump-Fixated Mosque Attacker Wanted 'Glory,' Wishes He Murdered More People: Report

Before the shooting more than a year ago, the attacker was a devoted follower of the president's tweets.

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Alexandre Bissonnette, the man who killed six people at a Quebec City mosque in January 2017, appears to be even more methodical and dangerous than originally believed. While he originally professed bafflement at his own actions shortly after the shooting, a new report from a prison social worker obtained by the Montreal Gazette suggests he's unrepentant and had long been obsessed with violence.

The Gazette notes that evidence shows he was a fan of President Donald Trump and prominent figures in American right-wing media. Bissonnette "was also obsessively following Twitter postings of Donald Trump, with a particular interest in a travel ban the U.S. president had just imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries," the Gazette writes. The report says he checked Trump's tweets every day, had a photo of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and had pictures of the president on his computer.

Trump has been criticized for posting blatantly anti-Muslim tweets.

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Other media figures Bisonnette reportedly favored include The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter, Fox News' Tucker Carlson, InfoWars' Alex Jones, Kellyanne Conway and David Duke.

In addition to criticisms of Islam, the report says Bisonnette was repeatedly looking up information on his computer about mass shootings, firearms, feminism, and the mosque that he eventually attacked.

“I could have killed anybody, I wasn’t targeting Muslims — I wanted glory,” Bissonnette told the social worker, according to the report. “I regret not having killed more people. The victims are in heaven and I’m living in hell.”

Sean Spicer, who was White House press secretary at the time of the attack, condemned the violence but also bizarrely said that the incident was evidence of the need for Trump's policies, such as travel ban. The administration never condemned the obvious anti-Muslim bigotry inherent in attacking a mosque. 

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.