Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump denounces hatred, white supremacy after Texas, Ohio shootings

Trump denounces hatred, white supremacy after Texas, Ohio shootings

US President Donald Trump has called to fast track the death penalty for "mentally ill monsters" who commit hate crimes and mass shootings but says guns aren't to blame.

Trump's address was his first to the nation following the pair of horrific mass shootings over the weekend.

"The Trump White House is so incompetent and insensitive that they couldn't even get the name of the city right,"tweeted CNN commentator Keith Boykin. May God bless the victims and their families", Trump said from the White House at the end of his 10-minute speech". "Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul", Trump continued.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator Pat Toomey urged Congress to again consider passing their bill that would expand background checks to most gun sales.

Pope Francis condemned the spate of attacks on "defenseless people" in the United States, including a rampage last Sunday in which a gunman killed three people and wounded about a dozen at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.

Trump attacked the internet and blamed video games for the shooting: "The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored, and they will not be ignored".

"We are not helpless here", Obama said.

"The key of what's going on here is access to guns for people who are unsafe or disturbed", Lankford said. The ban went into effect in March. SPIN has reached out to the White House to ask how the mistake happened and will update if we hear back.

Many Democrats took Trump's description of neighborhoods in Baltimore as "rodent-infested" as a description of the residents themselves. He said the Internet, social media and violent video games had helped radicalize people.

Equally familiar, Washington reacted along party lines, with Trump's vague suggestion of openness to new gun laws met with skepticism by an opposition that has heard similar talk before.

In the wake of the deadly attacks, Democrats faulted President Trump for using divisive rhetoric that dehumanizes immigrants and people of color. He also has called them "very bad thugs and gang members".

An El Paso police spokesman, Sergeant Robert Gomez, said on Saturday night police were interviewing the suspect, while investigators continued to collect evidence at the crime scene.

The gunman in El Paso is believed to be a white nationalist who authorities think may have posted a racist and anti-immigrant manifesto on the online message board 8chan shortly before opening fire on shoppers in a local Walmart. Crusius was in custody on Monday, charged with capital murder.

Video released by police shows 24-year-old Connor Betts being shot down by officers, just steps away from entering a bar filled with hiding patrons. A motive in the that case not immediately evident.

"Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform".

Trump suggested that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system.

"If mental illness were the driving factor, we would expect the countries with highest suicide rates to have higher rates of public mass shootings". The result, as Trump said, is a cultural issue. The reaction to Trump's gaffe was swift, with a number of prominent folks chiming in with their takes on Twitter.

Trump also could invoke his power under the Constitution to call back Congress. McConnell, who broke his shoulder in a fall over the weekend, has not responded.

Mass shootings by lone attackers in recent years have increased concerns about gun violence and the threat posed by racist and white supremacist ideologies.

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