Erdoğan is just other side of coin of demagoguery - Arab Weekly

The world does not need a Muslim version of the U.S. president after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during rallies for March 31 local elections, showed footage of deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, the Arab Weekly said on Sunday.

The Australian gunman, Brenton Tarrant, had uploaded what he said was a manifesto to his social media accounts before live streaming the attack on his Facebook account. Most news agencies and social media sites have tried their best to remove footage of the attacks that Tarrant live streamed but the Turkish president continued to show it to the public for his interests, according to the website.

"However, Erdogan, never one to pass an opportunity to score points in his never-ending quest to maintain his inflated ego, found it useful to show the video while condemning the terrorist act," said the Arab Weekly. 

If Erdoğan used the violent video in efforts to claim the Islamic leadership in which he poses himself as the sole defender of Muslims all around the world, he plays a risky game, according to the website, since "the world does not need a Muslim version of Donald Trump."

On the other hand, if the move was to win the March 31 elections, then, Turkish President adopts the same tactics as far-right populists in Europe who use Islamophobia and xenophobia to win votes.

"In this case, Erdogan is just the other side of the coin of demagoguery," the website said.

New Zealand was shaken by a horrifying attack on March 15, when fifty people were killed and dozens injured when a gunman opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers. The Turkish president has suggested that Western governments may have played a role in the shooting, and tied the slaying of Muslims in New Zealand to what he said was a global threat to Turkey.