As Twitchy reported Friday, author Salman Rushdie was stabbed as he was about to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa against Rushdie in 1989 after the publication of “The Satanic Verses.”
According to the Associated Press, state police say they have a suspect in custody, but the motive for the stabbing remains unclear.
Police identified the man who attacked author Salman Rushdie as Hadi Matar. He was arrested at the scene and was awaiting arraignment.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2022
The motive for the stabbing is unclear? Seriously?!?!?
— Barb T. (@bbbjjjttt) August 12, 2022
Unclear??? He’s had a bounty on his head for years.
— Aubie61 (@aubie61) August 12, 2022
Yes who knows what the motive could be pic.twitter.com/68CxCz2ECG
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) August 12, 2022
"The motive for the stabbing was unclear."
I think we all have a pretty good guess, though.
— Douggie and the Trevors 🐊🐱🍊⛳ (@jaguargatorguy) August 12, 2022
It is not unclear.
— Gay.Dave (@drt71369) August 13, 2022
Hadi Matar's motives "unclear" after Rushdie has lived under a fatwa for decades, and the perpetrator is a Muslim who has supported the Iranian government and revolutionary guard (issued rushdie's fatwa) and other Shia extremism in social media.
Such big questions on motive🙄lol
— shadus (@shadus) August 13, 2022
Rushdie’s assailant is reportedly a 24 year old Shi’ite immigrant from South Lebanon by the name of Hadi Matar. His fake driving license carried the name Hassan Mughniyah (in honor of HASSAN nasrallah + imad MUGHNIYAH?). His FB page expresses love for the Islamic Republic. 👇 pic.twitter.com/rJhYFJ0CHu
— Mike (@Doranimated) August 13, 2022
Fake license dated May 2022. I'd think there might be a lot of interest in knowing when and how a terrorist came into the US…unless it was a recent border crossing in which case, if known by the FBI/current admin, we'll never know.
— A Vast Confederacy of Fools (@grits116) August 13, 2022
If only he'd attended a school board meeting, then the FBI might've known about him.
— AdamInHTownTX (Not a Biologist) (@AdamInHTownTX) August 13, 2022
It’s all so shocking!!!
— CitizenSnake (@NewRomeBurning) August 13, 2022
“known to FBI” in 3…2…1…
— Party of One (@PityOne) August 13, 2022
How long do you think until law enforcement uncovers a motive?
In the meantime, here’s Reuters reporting on how the stabbing has upended the tranquil Chautauqua Institution.
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 13, 2022
BREAKING: Author Salman Rushdie attacked and stabbed as he was about to give lecture in New Yorkhttps://t.co/MVUgeEs2kG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 12, 2022