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The father of Mollie Tibbetts, the Iowa college student whom authorities say was killed by an illegal alien, urged in an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times that his daughter’s death not be used to advance “racist” views against immigrants.

“At the outset, politicians and pundits used Mollie’s death to promote various political agendas. We appealed to them and they graciously stopped,” Rob Tibbetts wrote in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register. For that, we are grateful.”

“Sadly, others have ignored our request. They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed. I encourage the debate on immigration; there is great merit in its reasonable outcome,” he continued. “But do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist.”

Rob Tibbits went on to write, “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.”
He also writes, “To suggest otherwise is a lie. Justice in my America is blind. This person will receive a fair trial, as it should be. If convicted, he will face the consequences society has set. Beyond that, he deserves no more attention.”

Another family member commented on social media: “Especially for those of you who did not know her in life, you do not get to usurp Mollie and her legacy for your racist, false narrative now that she is no longer with us. We hereby reclaim our Mollie.”

Tibbetts’s body was found late last month after having been missing for more than a month.

Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML News commented on the op-ed. “No parent should have to bury a child, it’s for that reason why my heart hurts for the Tibbetts family. As for the rest of Rob’s comments about racism and immigration, he sounds as if it is he who is blinded by politics, and he should become more familiar with who killed his daughter and how it could have been avoided. The request that Mollie’s death not be highlighted as another tragedy stemming from open borders will be lost on me. I mean no disrespect to the Tibbetts family, but it’s the duty of the press to tell the truth, and I won’t overlook that part because someone killed by an illegal alien once championed for the open borders movement. Furthermore, we must get the record straight, Mollie wasn’t killed by an immigrant, she was murdered by an illegal alien that had no right to be in the USA. Stating otherwise is a lie, and to ignore this puts other daughters in danger.”

17 COMMENTS

  1. I am totally speechless to read that the father of a murder victim could write this. There is nothing racist about countries having the right to close their borders. There is nothing racist about demanding that immigrants come here legally. Dennis Michael Lynch, your reply was spot on.

    • Judy, you are so correct. I give the father leeway to account for his grief. BUT the decision is Mollie’s NOT the the father’s, and Mollie can no longer speak what she feels. NO ONE ALIVE can forgive the illegal alien for ending Mollie’s life – only Mollie and God have that power.

      • I an shocked that her Father would say something like that..If Mollie could speak from the grave or had survived an attempted murder I bet she would have a different thought. I wonder if the left got to him.Or he is brainwashed already

  2. He obviously is a man, that cares more about illegals than his own family and probably got a wad of money from the deep state, too make such a statement! If I was his wife, I would divorce him in a heart beat!

  3. He is a pawn, I am sorry for his loss, it should not happen to anyone, but let’s not confuse lawbreakers and people’s thoughts on racism, that is absurd. With his logic or lack thereof, if a person is a jaywalker and gets ran over, then those who are angry about jaywalkers must be racists or bigots, give me a break. We are a nation of laws, if you do not like that, then rather than point your finger at someone else and label them a racist, work to get the law changed so we have open borders, otherwise you sound just like every other progressive/socialist/democrat out there, they have nothing but labels and zero answers.

    • Absolutely John. Grief can cause one to lose one’s mind and that could be what has happened to the father.

      With his path of thinking the logical outcome is that he little cares for other people’s children who are in danger from the lawless illegal aliens that plague this country.

  4. I was unaware of his residence. I do wonder what Mollie’s mother thinks. She may be of a far different persuasion.

  5. DML wrote: I mean no disrespect to the Tibbetts family, but it’s the duty of the press to tell the truth, and I won’t overlook that part because someone killed by an illegal alien once championed for the open borders movement. Furthermore, we must get the record straight, Mollie wasn’t killed by an immigrant, she was murdered by an illegal alien that had no right to be in the USA. Stating otherwise is a lie, and to ignore this puts other daughters in danger.”

    He is so correct. The law is clear that non-citizens here illegally are “illegal aliens” NOT undocumented immigrants. To use the later is to employ hate speech to effect an outcome by Orwellian means. Another example of “Doublespeak” is the term bandied about by the alt-left: “DACA kids” – most of these illegal aliens are around the age of 35!!!

    Frankly, the alt-left liberals are haters of real Americans who are for the most part law abiding, hard working contributors to our culture and NOT the blood-sucking leeches who come here illegally to steal our substance. Furthermore, the illegal aliens among us steal the rightful place in line from those who wish to apply in the legal manner and who will contribute meaningfully instead of skulking about in the shadows.

  6. It is repugnant that this sanctimonious and hypocritical father would hide behind the rape and murder of his daughter in order to advance illegal immigration. Perhaps Mr. Tibbets was willing to offer up his daughter at the altar of the Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; however the majority of sane Americans do not wish the same for their children.

    Tibbets callous attitude is reprehensible. I would suggest he sit with several of the thousands of parents/wives/husbands whose loved ones have been murdered/killed/raped/assaulted by an illegal alien to understand the depth of their sorrow and the sadness brought about with the realization that our elected/appointed officials and Americans such as him are more than willing to turn our country over to the very people who invaded it, including the one who raped and murdered his daughter.

  7. What a Stupid Libtard moron of a Father ..What part of Illegally in the USA, DOSE THIS DUMBASS SORRY SOB NOT UNDERSTAND. HAD THIS MURDERING SACK OF SHIT, BEEN STOPPED AT THE BORDER. HIS LITTLE GIRL WOULD STILL BE WITH HIM !!!!!!! HOW DAM MANY MORE MUST DIE BEFORE WE THE PEOPLE PUT AN END TO THIS MORONIC B.S.?

  8. I totally agree with Dennis Michael Lynch. If the illegal immigrant was not in the country as he should not have been, Molly would be alive today. To ignore this is to promote illegal aliens and more of this type of tragedy.

  9. I don’t know what her father’s political side is, he says he is saying all this because it was what his daughter Mollie believed in. Mollie like so many young people in college and high school think nothing bad will ever happen to them and that it is so very noble of them to welcome these people into our country to help them have a better life. They haven’t lived long enough or become mature enough to face the reality that some people are beyond help, will never change, and you will never be able to do enough to make them civilized enough to live in this country. We have to put an end to the indoctrination of our young people in our schools and colleges by the leftist teachers who push their socialist agenda. Illegal Immigration HAS to be stopped, they have to be deported AND legal immigration HAS to be limited to the kind of people we want and/or need here. If her parents are democrat/socialists then they are unbelievably ignorant to want to risk other parents going through what they now are living with because of their stupidity and ignorance. Any of these illegals children are free to go with them, back where they came from.

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