President Trump on Sunday assertively denounced two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, saying “hate has no place in our country.”
A number of Democrats attempted to use these tragedies – including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker – to advance their political agendas by demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recall Congress from its recess, currently slated to last until the second week of September, to vote on initiatives to curb gun violence.
In speaking to reporters in Morristown, New Jersey President Trump promised “we’re going to take care” of the problem, adding that he has been speaking with the attorney general, the FBI director, and members of Congress and that an additional statement is coming Monday morning.
Trump pointed to a mental illness problem in the U.S., calling the shooters “really very seriously mentally ill.”
He said the problem of shootings has been going on “for years and years” and “we have to get it stopped.”
The shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend left at least 29 people dead.
The gunman in Ohio rampage, 24-year-old Connor Betts, opened fire outside a bar around 1 a.m. Sunday, killing his adult sister and eight others.
Police say he was fatally shot by officers within 30 seconds, and was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest, earplugs and had at least 100 rounds. He injured more than two dozen people, with one in critical condition, police said Sunday.
Police had not determined a motive for the attack as of Sunday evening, even were quick to blame Trump.
“[Trump] is responsible,” Booker, a 2020 presidential candidate, said on NBC News Sunday. “He is responsible when he has taken no action whatsoever to even condemn white supremacy. … We have a president who is responsible.”
“If any of the El Paso’s alleged language or words or talking points sound familiar, it’s because they are used by Trump, Fox News and right-wing media,” Wajahat Ali, a CNN contributor and New York Times op-ed contributor, tweeted Saturday.
Meanwhile, authorities in Texas said the mass shooting is being investigated as a domestic terrorism case. Patrick Crusius, has already been charged with capital murder and officials are looking into it as a potential hate crime, citing a manifesto he posted online showing a disdain for Hispanic immigrants.
It’s likely however that this manifesto could have been a ruse, intended to drive political separation.
“The first mistake people are making is to assume the creep meant anything he said in his manifesto,” wrote columnist Brian Cates. “Something new has been added into the mix in the last year and we have to recognize it: Mass shootings done for **fun** as the ultimate troll where these [shooters] write confusing manifestos and then sit back & watch the fun as both sides claim he belongs to the other.”
Cates pointed out that the Christchurch, New Zealand mass shooter’s manifesto contained a mixture of left-wing and right-wing rhetoric, and by its own explicit terms, was intended to cause international political division.
Julian Castro, another Democratic presidential candidate, however, said “there’s one person that’s responsible directly” for the massacre — “and that’s the shooter.”
But Castro, speaking to anchor Jonathan Karl, reiterated that only the shooter bears “direct” responsibility. In a statement released later Sunday, Castro echoed that comment, saying, “These shooters are ultimately to blame for their actions. They are attempting to terrorize us but I believe that the vast majority of Americans reject this hatred.”
In North Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders became one of several prominent Democrats to use the shootings for their gain by demanding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell call senators back to Washington from their summer recess.
He said the Senate should “have a special session to address gun violence in America and let us finally have the courage to take on the NRA.”
He also called out the president, saying “I say to President Trump, please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence that we see.”
Booker backed up Sanders’ call in a tweet: “This is a national crisis. Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back from recess right now and hold votes on legislation to protect Americans from gun violence. Enough. We need to end this carnage now.”
Rather than work on the obvious mental health issue, Democrats are more concerned with pushing their agenda. This is of course because Democrats don’t actually care about the American people or their well-being. They only care about themselves.