Republicans are increasingly following, both in Iowa, where the authorities on Tuesday charged with the murder of Tibbetts, a man they believe to be an undocumented immigrant, and in other states where immigration policies both the election and the US general election.
"What happened to Mollie was a shame, and our hearts are going out," Trump said as he spoke to Republicans in Ohio on Friday.
After mentioning two more examples of undocumented immigrant crimes, he added, "Democrat immigration policy is destroying innocent lives and spilling very innocent blood, believing that any party that places criminal aliens in front of American citizens does not hold office
Trump published a video Twitter this week in which he used Tibbetts death to attack Democrats over immigration policy.
"Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now separated from her family," he said. "One person came illegally from Mexico and killed them, we need the wall, we need to change our immigration laws, we need to change our border laws, we need the Republicans to do that, because the Democrats will not do it."
In recent days, some Republicans have not been politicized, even though some members of the Tibbetts family have demanded their death, followed Trump's leadership and used their death as a campaign leg.
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Asked if certain statements would make them more or less likely to support Axne, the caller said:
"Recently, a student from the University of Iowa called Mollie Tibbetts was illegally murdered by an immigrant in the country, but Cindy Axne wants to join extreme liberals to abolish ICE, an immigration agency responsible for enforcing our borders and tracking down criminals in the country
In a brief interview with CNN, Axne called efforts to politicize the death of "unconscionable to me" and said that while she believes the United States immigration system is "broken" and needs legislative repair, "The abolition of ICE is absolutely not the solution. "
" I asked Congressman Young to stop that, "she said of the poll," and whether it was him or one of his allies, I think, out of respect for Mollie's grieving family, that he must make sure This will be taken out of the field as soon as possible. "
" Our campaign has nothing to do with this poll, and we do not know who's behind it, "spokesman Cole Staudt told CNN on Friday, adding," He did not want to politicize this tragic event. " Iowa Republicans, of Governor Kim Reynolds, who is also standing for election this fall, on Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have made clear links between Tibbetts death and American immigration policy.
In a joint statement, Grassley and Ernst Reynolds repeated, "Remarks said," Too many Iowans have been lost to the hands of criminals who broke our immigration laws. We can not allow these tragedies to continue. "
Ernst doubled in a Thursday tweet that had linked her to an interview done with Breitbart, a right-wing extremist website that regularly supports Trump, in which Hosts called the killing an "execution" and Massachusetts Sen. called Elizabeth Warren to turn during an interview on CNN's "New Day" by Tibbetts' death against criticism of the Trump's zero-tolerance border policy and the resulting resulting family separation crisis
"Families separated at the border come together again," wrote Ernst. "Mollie will never be with her family again."
Fred Hubbell, the Democrat who tries this fall To dethrone Reynolds, state Republicans criticized for their reaction on Thursday.
"This is truly unfortunate that politicians are suddenly politicizing the event with us "he told KIMT on a visit to Mason City. "Let the family have time to grieve and deal with their loss, take your time and give them some space."
Tibbetts death is also a topic of conversation for some Republicans outside of the state – not just for the purpose of attacking Democrats.
Kelli Ward, a GOP Senate candidate in Arizona, uses killing to target republican fellows over their borderline policies.
"Lack of leadership and courage by open-front senators like @JeffFlake, @SenJohnMcCain, & amnesty advocate Martha McSally contribute to these pointless deaths" tweeted them on Tuesday night . "We need real leadership in the Senate to build #World and secure our borders!"
McSally is the leader next week.
On Thursday, the North Dakota GOP sent an editorial from the Grand Forks Herald stating, "Tibbetts could live with better immigration laws today."
When Communications Director Jake Wilkins scanned the piece, he called Democratic Sen Heidi Heitkamp, who faces a challenge from GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer in November, "to speak with families and victims of terrorist attacks on illegal immigrants she tries to dismiss this topic as a Republican scare tactic. "
Republicans attacked Heitkamp, who gained more than 35 percentage points in a state-run Trump in 2016, is among the most coveted of the season because he voted against austerity measures for federal funds from "sanctuary towns".