The first weekend in August was marred by two mass shooting tragedies resulting in numerous deaths and injuries of innocent people.
In El Paso, Texas, 20 people were killed at a shopping center by a lone gunman on Saturday and early Sunday morning, nine people were killed by a shooter wearing body armor in Dayton, Ohio.
President Trump addressed the horrific shootings.
God bless the people of El Paso, Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
The tragic mass shootings launched a call by Democrats for gun control and there’s a barrage of attacks against President Trump from critics holding him responsible for the duel tragedies.
Democrat 2020 presidential candidates went after President Trump over the shootings with some calling him racist.
Former congressman Robert Beto O’Rourke called President Trump a “white nationalist.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 4, 2019
Former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said President Trump condones white nationalism.
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
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said President Trump created “a license for a toxic brew of white supremacy to fester.”
Real Clear Politics reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric “fanned the flames of hate” as a political strategy, creating a “license for a toxic brew of white supremacy to fester” in this country.
Julian Castro says the shooter is "responsible directly for that shooting in El Paso," but adds that President Trump "as our national leader," has "a role to play in either fanning the flames of division or trying to bring Americans … together" https://t.co/dXJdrsFMAg pic.twitter.com/QwZW5kn1ND
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 4, 2019
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said President Trump is “sowing seeds of hatred.”
“In my faith, you have this idea that you reap what you sow, and he is sowing seeds of hatred in this country, this harvest of hate violence that we are seeing right now lies at his feet,” Booker said. “There is a complicity in the president’s hatred that undermines the goodness and decency of Americans.”
California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris was critical of President Trump, saying he should “Have the courage to act.”
My message to the president on gun violence. pic.twitter.com/G0faCxtMSo
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 4, 2019
The mass shootings are horrible events and politicizing these tragedies by blaming President Trump will not lead to any solutions.