Trump Takes on Obama's Criticism: 'I Am the Least Racist Person'

Trump says ‘our nation must condemn racism bigotry and white supremacy’ after weekend mass shootings

Trump Takes on Obama's Criticism: 'I Am the Least Racist Person'

The shooter in OH was killed by police and a motive is not yet known in that case. "It's time to put the politics aside and pass universal background checks and an assault weapons ban".

Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who was a congressman for six years, both said Trump wouldn't be welcome in their hometown of El Paso.

In the piece, Rice said that "it's hard to calculate the damage that President Trump's overt racism and nearly daily attacks on black and brown people are having on the fabric of our nation", but she linked the Trump to the Texas shooting, adding: "With white supremacy bolstered from the Oval Office, hate crimes and domestic terrorism incidents are increasing, including, it appears, Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso". "Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul".

He noted how the Parkland, Fla., school shooter in February 2018 exhibited numerous signs that he would do something destructive but "nobody did anything".

Even though he no longer is commander-in-chief, the 44th President took to social media to pay his condolences to the friends and family of those killed and injured in Dayton and El Paso.

"We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people", Obama said in his statement.

"We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary involuntary confinement".

Obama's statement, released after Trump's remarks, said no other nation "tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do". He didn't offer any specifics on legislation. It found that 67 percent of Americans support making U.S. gun laws stricter, while 22 percent say they should be left as they are and 10 percent think they should be made less strict. But mass shootings are an issue that Obama has always been frustrated by, including multiple massacres during his time in office.

Ahead of his planned remarks Monday in the wake of this past weekend's shootings, President Donald Trump has proposed "strong background checks", perhaps, he said, tied to immigration reform.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has demanded that McConnell call the Senate back from its August recess.

The moment, caught on video, circulated online as leaders around the country grapple with whether there is any link between the El Paso suspect's motives and Trump's steady rhetoric against immigrants. "When he can't mention guns while talking about gun violence, it shows the president remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA". He didn't say what kind of gun it was but described the ammunition as 7.62-caliber, which is used in high-powered rifles.

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