After the massacre in el paso, donald trump’s aggressive rhetoric stung many critics – but the US president let the accusations bounce off him.
Before a visit to the border city, trump rejected the narrative that his rhetoric contributes to division and violence. He doesn’t think his words did that, trump said in response to questions from journalists. "I think my rhetoric brings people together," trump said. America is doing incredibly well.
Trump first traveled to dayton, where a gunman killed nine people sunday night, before visiting el paso. In the ohio city, the president and first lady melania met with patients at a hospital, according to spokeswoman stephanie grisham. The two also thanked the medical staff for their actions. Demonstrators had gathered in the city, as seen on television footage. On signs, for example, they demanded tighter gun laws. They also had an inflatable baby trump with them.
Dayton mayor nan whaley called on trump to move quickly to tighten gun laws. Too often, politicians in washington simply go back to business as usual. "They just wait, they wait until people forget that nine people died here in dayton because of a gun that wasn’t supposed to be legal in the first place" whaley said. The shooter had used an assault rifle – these are easy to acquire in many U.S. States, but elsewhere are used almost exclusively by the military. If nothing happens, there could be another rampage very soon, whaley warned. "Probably because nothing is happening in washington."
Many politicians in dayton and el paso – including republicans and democrats – had preferred to forego the president’s visit. Especially in el paso, where a racially motivated perpetrator killed 22 people, many see trump’s rhetoric against migrants as part of the problem, not part of the solution.
"He is not welcome here. He shouldn’t come here while we’re still grieving," said democratic congresswoman veronica escobar, who represents el paso. Despite invitation, she will not attend his visit. Trump needs to apologize and retract his "racist and hateful" remarks, she wrote on twitter. Texas presidential candidate beto O’rourke also saw trump as responsible. The president "helped create the hatred that made saturday’s tragedy possible," he explained. The U.S. President, in turn, accused his critics of trying to politicize the issue. He himself wants to stay out of it, he said.
Trump has made the damming of illegal immigration across the U.S.-mexico border a centerpiece of his presidency. Critics accuse him of fueling racism in the country with his rhetoric against migrants and political opponents.
A deadly gunman fired at a shopping mall in the city on the border with mexico on saturday. A total of 22 people were killed, including several mexicans and one german. The investigators assume a racist background. The man wanted to attack mainly latinos and mexicans, he said. The alleged perpetrator – a 21-year-old male – surrendered to police and is in custody.
Leading representatives of the latino community in the U.S. Called for more decisive political action in the wake of the massacre. "Hispanics in this country are under attack," it hailed in an open letter published by the "washington post". Blacks and immigrants are also vulnerable to attacks. Both the ruling republicans and the democrats needed to stand up for all the people in the country and recognize that diversity is the greatest strength of the u.S.
Trump had condemned monday’s devastating bloodshed as barbaric. He called for changes in the law to ensure that mentally ill people who pose a danger to the public are not able to possess guns. Democrats, on the other hand, called for stronger scrutiny of gun buyers’ backgrounds. They’ve been trying to get this passed in congress for months, but trump’s republicans are blocking it in the senate.
Trump made a strong case on wednesday for the introduction of stricter checks on potential gun buyers. There is strong support for this in congress on both sides of the political spectrum, he said. "I don’t want to give weapons to mentally unstable people, or people with anger and hatred, or sick people."Broader steps such as an assault rifle ban, however, had no support, the president said. Even after the massacre at a school in parkland (florida) in february 2018, trump had promised stricter inspections.
House of representatives control committee chairman democrat elijah cummings argued for congress to suspend its summer recess because of the violence. "People are dying," cummings said in washington on wednesday. "Hear what i say? People are afraid. You are afraid to go to the cinema. They’re afraid to go shopping. They are afraid to go about their daily lives."The house of representatives has already passed a law in february, which provides for more stringent background checks. Cummings accused senate majority leader republican mitch mcconnell of blocking a vote on it in the chamber.