- Democratic presidential candidates condemned the two mass shootings that claimed 29 lives in 24 hours as a deadly result of a toxic culture that is “encouraged” by President Donald Trump.
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker slammed Trump’s rhetoric regarding immigration and attitudes towards immigrants.
- Police are investigating a manifesto that was seemingly left by the El Paso shooter that expressed white supremacist views specifically targeted towards Mexcian immigrants to the US.
- Trump tweeted his condolences about the shootings, but remained at his New Jersey golf club over the weekend.
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Democratic presidential candidates condemned the two mass shootings that claimed 29 lives in 24 hours as a toxic symptom of dangerous rhetoric that is used by President Donald Trump.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker spoke out against the climate of “hate” stemming from Trump’s rhetoric regarding immigration and attitudes towards immigrants.
Klobuchar said Trump’s rhetoric “has fuelled more hate in this country.”
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) August 3, 2019
At the El Paso shooting, 20 people were killed and 26 were injured in a Walmart. The shooter was arrested, and authorities are investigating whether an anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online before the shooting was written by the shooter.
El Paso native O’Rourke offered a harsher condemnation, saying Sunday on CNN that Trump used language similar to that of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
“He is encouraging this,” O’Rourke told host Jake Tapper. “He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it, calling immigrants rapists and criminals and seeking to ban all people of one religion.”
O’Rourke offered specific examples of Trump’s most blatant insults to minorities or immigrants, including Trump’s 2016 campaign talking point to ban Muslims from entering the US, his assertion that there were “very fine people” on both sides of the 2017 Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally, and his recent attacks on lawmakers of colour.
“These are white men motivated by the kind of fear that this president traffics in,” O’Rourke argued of a spate of domestic terrorism instances targeting minorities.
Jake Tapper: Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 4, 2019
Booker said on CNN that Trump is “savagely fraying the bonds of our nation” by “using the same language of racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
He repeated the comment on MSNBC, saying that Trump must take responsibility for his rhetoric.
Sen. Booker: "This president is contributing to a climate of hate in our country … and he has to take responsibility for that. If not, we must remove him from that office." pic.twitter.com/n1fJwByDKT
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 4, 2019
Buttigieg took a more broad aim during a Fox News interview, saying that “white nationalism is condoned at the highest level of our government.”
“This is part of a climate,” Buttigieg said, “where people who are in the grip of this hateful extremist ideology feel validated, and they feel validated from all the way at the top.”
Chris asks @PeteButtigieg if he thinks President Trump bears some responsibility for these shootings, he says these people feel validated all the way from the top #FNS #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/NKugBTCny5
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) August 4, 2019
Trump tweeted to express his sorrow over the shootings, writing “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”
However, he didn’t make any further comment or appearance as he was at his New Jersey golf club for the weekend, according to pool reports.