President Trump spoke to the nation Monday morning about the horrific mass shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

The shootings left 30 people dead and over 50 injured.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said during a speech in which he expressed support for, among other things, mental health law reforms and red-flag laws.

His speech, of course, was panned by the same Democrats who on one hand blamed Trump for the shootings while on the other hand demanded he make a public statement about them.

But while Trump as a national leader made the decision to appear before the cameras to talk about the tragedies, condemn hatred and bigotry, and discuss ideas he believes will combat hate and gun violence, House and Senate Republicans have been decidedly more guarded when it comes to engagement with the mainstream media on this issue.

Their approach is understandable for a variety of reasons, especially when you consider how they were treated after the Parkland shootings as though they had pulled the trigger themselves.

CNN’s Jake Tapper, who conducted the sham televised Parkland town hall that took place exactly one week after 17 people were killed, took a moment on Sunday to note that Republican officials in Ohio, Texas, and the White House had declined his requests for interviews:

“We should note that we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas to join us this morning. They all declined,” Tapper said before speaking with his guests on Sunday.

“The Republican governor of Ohio also declined. We also asked the White House to provide someone to discuss these shootings. That request too was declined,” he added.

Watch Tapper talk about the shootings and the Republicans who declined to appear on CNN below:

Other journalists amplified the “news” about Republicans who opted out of appearing before national news media cameras to discuss what happened:

I responded to Sonmez’s tweet with a reminder about the likely reason Republicans were being cautious:

The rhetoric from the left has gotten really nasty and vicious, and it would appear Republicans do not want any part of it.

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke, for example, has gone off the deep end in blaming Trump for El Paso and Dayton, and has once again compared the Trump administration to the Third Reich as he did back in April.

In a Senate fundraising appeal, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (MA) trotted out the insulting insinuation today about how Republicans care more about campaign contributions from gun rights groups than they do their fellow Americans:

And Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), like other Democrats and their media enablers, is still lying about Trump’s Charlottesville comments:

The mainstream media has no interest in correcting the record on Charlottesville because they’re too busy joining the Democratic chorus in their deliberate misinformation campaign.

On top of left-wing politicians and their non-stop demagoguery, liberal commentators are rushing to the cameras and social media to accuse Republicans of having blood on their hands because they have the audacity to disagree with them on gun control. Oftentimes, journalists like Cuomo join in on the bashing, suggesting Republicans would rather pocket NRA cash than prevent future gun deaths.

It’s a toxic environment right now for Republicans, with a lot of volatile emotions at play. Frankly I wouldn’t blame them for not wanting to be subjected to vile accusations that they are to blame for the senseless deaths that happened over the weekend. If they’re smart, they won’t spend even 5 seconds talking to anyone in the national media about this issue.

As the appalling CNN town hall from last year demonstrated, most national media journalists and Democrats in reality have no genuine interest in bringing all sides together on this issue. It’s their way way only, and if you don’t comply you are “complicit” in future tragedies and are a “willing accomplice” to Trump’s alleged “white supremacist tendencies” etc, etc.

Republicans should focus on their own communities, hold area town halls if necessary, reconnect with their constituents, and do interviews on local news stations if asked. That will accomplish a whole lot more than futile attempts at defending themselves in gotcha interviews with national media outlets.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

 
 
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