GOP Rep. speculates 'criminal illegal aliens' are behind YouTube shooting

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) speculated that the person who opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, might be “an illegal immigrant” immediately after the first news reports of the attack.

The Republican lawmaker offered his premature thoughts during an appearance on the Fox Business Network Tuesday afternoon, hours before police identified the shooter.

“You were going to discuss with me about sanctuary cities and the sanctuary state movement, and it fits right into what you’re talking about right now,” Rohrabacher told host David Asman, when asked for comment on the shooting.

Rohrabacher went on to link the shooter to “criminal illegal aliens” as the network’s chyron was characterizing the news as an “active shooter situation.” 

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YouTube employees are seen walking away from Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
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A police officer and crime scene markers are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after security forces responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. A woman shot and wounded at least four people before possibly taking her own life at YouTube's California headquarters Tuesday, according to police. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police officers are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police look on as employees walk across the streer outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Law enforcement stands watch outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Media gather outside during an active shooting at YouTube's offices in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. Gunshots erupted at YouTube's offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response.Some media reports said several people were injured. San Bruno police warned on Twitter to stay away from the area housing the headquarters of the Google-owned video sharing service near San Francisco. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The offices of YouTube are seen in the distance outside after an active shooting at YouTube's offices in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. Gunshots erupted at YouTube's offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response, before the shooter -- a woman -- apparently committed suicide.Police said three people had been hospitalized with gunshot injuries following the shooting in the city of San Bruno, and that a female suspect was found dead at the scene. 'We have one subject who is deceased inside the building with a self-inflicted wound,' San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told reporters. 'At this time, we believe it to be the shooter.' / AFP PHOTO / Hand-Out / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Law enforcement stands watch outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police survey the scene outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
San Mateo County SWAT team officers are seen near Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Law enforcement officers are seen near a patio with crime scene markers at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Burlingame police chief Eric Wollman pets Kimba while bringing him to his owner following an active shooter situation at Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
A fire engine is seen outside Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Burlingame police chief Eric Wollman hands off Kimba to his owner following an active shooter situation at Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. According to his owner, Kimba was present when the shooting occurred. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
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“Would anyone be surprised?” Rohrabacher continued. “Would anyone listening to you right now say, ‘Well, this certainly wouldn’t be an illegal immigrant there.’ Well, it could be! Everybody knows that could be! ... Sanctuary city ― my foot! We should be making sure we emphasize that any illegal in this state should be sent back whether he’s a criminal or not, but especially criminals.” 

Asman appeared unfazed by Rohrabacher’s speculation, which was first reported by ThinkProgress.

“You make an excellent point,” Asman told his guest.

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Employees work at Youtube headquaters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Youtube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
The newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
Signage sits on display outside Google Inc.'s YouTube office building in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance way to the newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
A conference room is seen in the newly opened YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. Each conference room is named after a video game, such as "Final Fantasy." REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
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Employees play on the putting green in the newly opened YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
The newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees walk inside Google Inc.'s YouTube office in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google Inc.'s YouTube office building stands in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Youtube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rohrabacher has come under fire in the past for erroneously blaming innocent people for violence. In September, he called the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a “total hoax” orchestrated by “left-wingers.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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