On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, Mollie Tibbett’s missing person case ended in the worst possible way. Her father, Rob Tibbetts confirmed that the body of the young woman found in Iowa was in fact, Mollie.
Her alleged killer, Christian Behana Rivera, was in this country illegally. His employer, Yarrabee Farms confirmed today that they did complete background checks prior to employing Rivera.
Upon learning this information, the politicizing of Mollie Tibbett’s death became the main focus for conservatives and Republicans all the way up to 45 himself.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
This horrific event is more proof in a very long list of events that could have been prevented if America would strengthen its borders. Blocking illegal immigrants from entering our country would have a clear impact on reducing crime.
Democrats are actively deflecting the fact that Mollie’s killer was in the country illegally. Obviously, it only damages their case for open borders and abolishing ICE. Senator Elizabeth Warren redirected a question yesterday about Rivera to the fact that children were being separated at the border.
Much of the focus has now shifted to Mollie’s killer. The political firestorm surrounding Rivera is overshadowing who Mollie is as a person. Instead, she becomes the new face of political arguments that will be used as irrefutable evidence of necessary change.
Mollie’s voice has been taken from her. She cannot speak for herself anymore. So I went on a search to learn more about Mollie Tibbetts to answer a nagging question in my mind:
Would Mollie Tibbetts Be OK with Politicizing Her Death?
To learn more about Mollie, I went to the most obvious place to learn more about a twenty-year-old college student. Twitter.
It didn’t take me long to discover that she was definitely not a fan of President Trump and was an outspoken Democrat. Many of her posts focus on mental health and women’s health. She was a Planned Parenthood advocate and was not shy to engage with conservatives in all the ways she viewed them as wrong.
Don’t let the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain be another pair of celebrity suicides. Mental illness is real and can affect anyone. We need to make people feel more comfortable talking about mental health. Be kind and understanding with everyone, including yourself
— Mollie Tibbetts (@Motibbs) June 8, 2018
Aside from the social issues she was passionate about, Mollie seems like she was a normal, bubbly young girl. She loved her friends and told them often. Her day to day life was filled with the normal college student obstacles. She was very open about her struggles with insecurity and mental health. Her battle with her body image was a huge struggle in her life. Perhaps it was what influenced her choice in major?
not only did I have to deal with the stress of figuring out what was wrong with me, I lost all confidence in my body bc I was “too skinny” there was also many other personal struggles I was going through at this time. It was rough. But there was definitely some good times, too. pic.twitter.com/NbKGfqZlNl
— Mollie Tibbetts (@Motibbs) January 23, 2018
Immigration and other social issues didn’t seem to be important to her, though. In my quest to get to know Mollie better, I stumbled on a few tweets that might give a clue to how she felt about it.
I hate white people https://t.co/vNNhvpl98e
— Mollie Tibbetts (@Motibbs) December 13, 2017
Now, before anyone goes all judge and jury, let me just say that this tweet does not in any way justify what happened to her. No one and I mean NO ONE deserves to lose their life because of a tweet, comment, political opinion or otherwise. The only reason I have included this tweet is to gain a better understanding of Mollie as a person.
Based on what limited knowledge of Mollie we have, I think it would be safe to say that Mollie would not approve of being the new poster girl for Immigration Reform. In addition to this, her family is fighting back against it.
Mollie’s Family Takes on Conservatives
This has been a rough week for the Tibbetts family. The search for her carried on for weeks and the outcome was everyone’s worst fear.
Since the media firestorm is now in overdrive, many of her family members are pushing back against the conservatives stating the obvious.
Please remember, Evil Comes in All Colors.- Billie Jo Calderwood, Mollie’s Aunt
hey i’m a member of mollie’s family and we are not so fucking small-minded that we generalize a whole population based on some bad individuals. now stop being a fucking snake and using my cousins death as political propaganda. take her name out of your mouth. https://t.co/xxZNBF0Uv9
— sam (@samlucasss) August 22, 2018
As you can see, Mollie’s family is not ok with anyone using her name for a political change. I think it’s safe to say that if Mollie were still alive and the victim was someone else, she would feel the same way. We don’t know this for sure, obviously but the signs point to such.
This leads me to my next question:
Should A Victim Be Used to Prove a Political Point, Even if They Themselves Would Not Approve?
I’m curious to see the community reactions on this topic.
In one hand, the parallel between Mollie’s killer, Kate Steinle’s Killer and other violent criminals who are also illegals cannot be ignored.
So despite the family’s objections, is the cause greater than their cries against it? Without indisputable evidence, can change really take place? Is preventing more crimes like this more important than respecting the family’s wishes?
I’m not sure.
Mollie was an in intelligent, passionate young girl full of hope. Her future was bright.
I know that change needs to happen. We need better border security despite the left’s cries that doing so is a violation of human rights.
What I can’t seem to get past is:
Is being a catalyst for change more important than truly remembering what Mollie Tibbetts stood for and believed in her own life?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments and come join the conversation on Facebook!