President Trump has tweeted extensively since the first mass shooting on Saturday afternoon, wishing a fast recovery to those wounded, and saying “Good Bless” Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
This morning Trump tweeted again, though this time was a little less altruistic and a little more platform-based.
The President shared that he wished those who died to not die in vain, and instead he called for “strong background checks”, suggesting that it gets married with “desperately needed immigration reform.” He wishes something “good, if not GREAT” to come out of this tragic weekend which cost 29 innocent people their lives and injured dozens more.
As of now, Trump’s words are not being received well. Beto O’Rourke, a 2020 Democratic nominee hopeful whose hometown in El Paso, said that the President is what is motivating the surge of “white nationalist terrorism” that America is seeing right now.
….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
O’Rourke isn’t the only one blaming Trump, either – Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker have all said similar things, with Booker taking it once step farther with the statement that “Donald Trump is responsible for this.”
20 people died at the hands of a 21-year-old mass shooter in El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning when he opened fire in a crowded shopping district. A manifesto was released online just a half an hour before the attack believing to be written by him, which uses the phrase “send them back”.
The man reportedly traveled hundreds of miles to El Paso specifically because it has a high population of immigrants.
The motivations of the Dayton, Ohio shooter who took 9 lives including that of his sister and injured another 27 early Sunday morning are still unknown. He was killed by police within 30 seconds of opening fire.