Trump’s Utterly Empty Response to Weekend Shootings

Trump stood in the White House on Monday and made an empty and hypocritical statement on the mass shootings that took place within hours of one another, the first in El Paso, Texas and the second in Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso massacre killed at least 21 people and injured scores of others, and it was carried out by an anti-immigrant bigot who left behind a white supremacist manifesto.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said. “Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”

He neither wrote that nor meant it. It’s just empty words written by a speechwriter to make it seem like Trump is against those things, all of which he has been encouraging from the moment he began running for office. When you call immigrants rapists and murderers, as he did in the speech announcing his candidacy, and tell them to go back to their own countries, you can’t be shocked when someone takes that to heart and sees it as encouraging them to take action by killing immigrants. It’s not like this is just an isolated example, instances of anti-immigrant violence abound in Trump’s America.

Anyone remember the Parkland school shooting? After that, Trump promised to be “very strong on background checks.” He didn’t say on which side he would be strong, but it turns out he’s strongly against them. In February, he threatened to veto a bill in the House that would have fixed some of the loopholes in the background check system. And now he expects us to believe him when he says he supports stronger background checks, which is as ludicrous as asking us to believe that he’s against racism and bigotry. Actions speak far louder than words.

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