President Donald Trump says the United States must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime.
In a brief speech Monday morning, Trump repeated his openness to more gun control measures but avoided any mention of immigration. But American psychologists say that's not so and is the wrong direction to look for answers, doing more harm than good. "Hatred wraps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul", Trump said, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence while speaking in front of a portrait of former President George Washington in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room.
"I want to extend our condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio", Trump told reporters on Sunday. "We ask God in heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer, and we vow to act with urgent resolve".
Trump proposed nearly nothing in respect to tightening access in the United States to the kind of powerful weapons routinely used in the ever more frequent mass shootings. "We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately".
At the same time, she said "words have consequences" and Trump has "made my community and my people the enemy". Instead he supported a more modest set of steps after a private meeting with the NRA. He said the Internet, social media and violent video games had helped radicalize people.
"It's too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence", Trump said.
Nadler said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" he is not surprised by Trump's reaction, blaming his "divisive and racist rhetoric" for the violence. "We have done actually a lot". The border city has figured prominently in the immigration debate and is home to 680,000 people, a lot of them Latino. Crusius was in custody on Monday, charged with capital murder.
The alleged shooter in Dayton, Connor Betts, was shot dead by officers. He suggested early on Twitter that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system. President Donald Trump's response to the weekend's mass shootings in Texas and OH is no exception.
"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of - he's my guy", Trump said at a Montana rally.
But Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has given no indication that the measures would be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The statement continued, "It took less than three hours for the President to back off his call for stronger background check legislation".
Even though Congress is on summer recess at the moment, Trump could invoke his power under the Constitution to call back Congress.
America, there's a monster in the White House.
The president has been criticized from Republicans and Democrats alike for inflaming racial tensions.
In March 2018, the president proposed a four pillar plan to improve school safety in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the month before.
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