“These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday morning after two mass shootings took place in America. One in El Paso, TX, killed 20 people while the other in Dayton, OH, killed nine people.
With Vice President Mike Pence by his side, Trump lashed out at hate in America while calling for gun reforms.
From Fox News:
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, in solemn remarks from the White House, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”
The president notably did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond red flag laws, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”
The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Further, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose legislation ensuring that those commit hate crimes and mass murders “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”
Trump did not expand on how he “wanted to couple background checks and immigration reform.” It would not be easy to do since Congress is split between the two parties.
Trump also did not address the criticism from the left, which blamed his rhetoric for the violence on Saturday.
The left screamed for Trump to condemn white supremacy, but apparently, it went over their heads and his address was not good enough for them.
The president is weak. And wrong.
White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 5, 2019
We have been. Now it’s your turn. https://t.co/03XddY8tVj
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 5, 2019
I agree. We should start by getting you and your white nationalism out of the White House. https://t.co/11PclqFhfA
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 5, 2019
The president on Thursday: "While Republicans are working every day to build up our country, the rage-filled Democrat Party is trying to tear America apart."
The president on Monday: "Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside."
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 5, 2019
Donald Trump isn't going to solve the problem because he's the problem personified. An insecure white supremacist who speaks in cable news and is incapable of grasping complex ideas or self-evaluation.
Every time he speaks, every time he tweets he only makes the problem worse.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2019
Trump is tying an assault weapon ban to immigration. In essence, he will agree to inhibit his white supremacist supporters ability to mass murder people if Democrats agree to get rid of and keep out the brown people Trump's white supremacist supporters hate.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) August 5, 2019
Hey @realDonaldTrump: You are a real jerk for using mass shooting deaths to try to get your way on anti-immigrant legislation. STOP BLAMING IMMIGRANTS.
NOT IMMIGRANTS: The mass shooters in El Paso, Las Vegas, Tree of Life, Parkland, Charleston …
Also it's Dayton, not Toledo. https://t.co/Kr7cEX0WnB
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 5, 2019
Trump inspired the white supremacist mass shooters with his hateful, racist rhetoric and now tries so hard to fake empathy and compassion for the victims that he casually confuses Dayton, Ohio with Toledo. He slipped up pretending to actually give a damn. pic.twitter.com/3allVrY8IZ
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 5, 2019
trump "condemning" white supremacists is like when you make a kid apologize to his sibling. "im very sorry suzy that i called you a doo-doo head, can i play nintendo now?"
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 5, 2019
trump’s speech had a tight camera shot of his head & chest- perhaps to hide his body movements & podium clutching. He slurred as he struggled to read prepared text. Saying Texas instead of El Paso, then closing w/ “Toledo,” he’s a dementia tragedy still occupying the White House.
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) August 5, 2019
Trump is so full of shit. I call on the country to condemn Trump’s racism, his bigotry & his white supremacism. He’s the one who incites violence at his hate rallies. Tomorrow he will walk back everything he’s saying now. Please media don’t trust this #WhiteSupremacistInChief
— A♈️AⓂ️™ (@Ava_ABQuteee) August 5, 2019
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