The brother of Kate Stienle, the San Francisco woman murdered by an immigrant earlier this month, voiced his outrage toward Donald Trump’s use of his sister’s name during his recent campaign against illegal immigration.
“You hear Donald Trump talking about Kate Steinle like he knows her,” Brian Steinle, Kate’s brother, told Anderson Cooper, adding he was never contacted by Trump.
“I’ve never heard a word from his campaign manager, never heard a word from him. It’s disconcerting, and I don’t want to be affiliated with somebody that doesn’t have the common courtesy to reach out and ask Kate and ask about our political views and what we want. The platform that he’s setting isn’t exactly what our family believes in.”
Going further, Steinle said Trump should’ve sought out his family to see if they’d even agree with his statements.
“If you’re going to use somebody’s name and you’re going to sensationalize the death of a beautiful young lady,” he said, “maybe you should call and talk to the family first and see what their views are.”
Trump explained via Twitter on Tuesday that he deliberately withheld reaching out to the Steinles: “.@BradSteinle Thank you for yr wonderful tweet of July 4. I wanted a little time to go by before calling. Your sister & family are amazing.”