President Trump condemns ‘racist hate’ and white supremacy after mass shootings

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” President Trump tells the nation after 29 killed in mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” President Trump tells the nation after 29 killed in mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso

Former President Barack Obama, pictured at a conference in Berlin in April, tweeted Monday that Americans should reject language of "fear and hatred" from USA leaders.

In a rare public statement Monday about twin mass shootings that have rattled the nation, former President Barack Obama offered a forceful rebuke of the growing gun violence in America, denouncing not only the lack of federal gun control measures but public leaders who demonize marginalized groups and stoke racial divisions.

Texas natives and Democratic presidential candidates Beto O'Rourke and Julián Castro both thanked Obama for his statement on Twitter Monday.

Such language, Obama said, "has no place in our politics and our public life". "It has no place in our politics and our public life".

Obama did not mention Trump by name in his statement, although he sharply criticized the type of inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants and ethnic minorities that has become a staple of Trump's reelection campaign.

From the time he announced his candidacy in June 2015, Trump has been accused of making racist and anti-immigrant remarks.

Pokemon fans will want to get to London in October
Pokemon fans, brace yourselves - there's more information coming about the upcoming Nintendo Switch RPGs later this week. For now, though, all we can do is wait to find out exactly what Nintendo and Game Freak have planned for August 7.

"These sinister ideologies must be defeated", Trump said in remarks at the White House. He accused Mexico of sending "their worst people" to the US, people he said who were "bringing drugs". He also launched an attack on House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., saying Cummings' Baltimore-based district was "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess".

In a televised address later Monday, Trump called on the nation to "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" but stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive and racist rhetoric.

In today's address, following shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio (incorrectly referred to by Trump as Toledo at one point during the speech), the president also called for mental health law reform and criticized the internet as a means to "radicalize disturbed minds". Police in El Paso cited a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, which they attributed to the suspect, Patrick Crusius.

Mr. Obama, in a statement, said America's level of gun violence was far out of proportion to other developed countries and that excuses about the difficulty of stopping the crimes will no longer cut it.

"We must make sure those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process", he said.

Trump did not indicate in his tweets on Monday morning if he supported a sweeping gun control bill that passed the House with bipartisan support in February that requires universal background checks but has not been considered by the Senate. "And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening".

Recommended News

  • Flights, subway service disrupted as general strike called in Hong Kong

    Flights, subway service disrupted as general strike called in Hong Kong

    The strike follows a weekend of clashes between brick-throwing demonstrators and tear gas and rubber bullet-firing police. Hong Kong - a former British colony - is part of China but enjoys unique freedoms not seen on the mainland.
    Basketball Player Banned From Playing After Drug Test Says He's Pregnant

    Basketball Player Banned From Playing After Drug Test Says He's Pregnant

    Looking to join the Bosnian national team as a naturalised player, Cooper needed to take a drug test as part of the formalities. The Former Ohio ace was suspended by FIBA for fraud after it emerged he had used a girl pal's urine for the sample.
    Is 'Bachelorette' Contestant Tyler Cameron Actually Dating Gigi Hadid?

    Is 'Bachelorette' Contestant Tyler Cameron Actually Dating Gigi Hadid?

    Even if Tyler and Hannah aren't exclusively dating at the moment, it's clear that he still has a ton of respect for his ex. Bachelor Nation went wild on social media after learning that Tyler had hung out with both Gigi and Hannah .
  • Dakota Johnson's Signature Smile Got a Makeover This Weekend

    Of course, she's handsome with or without out it, but fans are legitimately mourning the loss of her tooth gap. Sure enough, it seems as if Johnson has gotten some dental work done, and has closed her beloved tooth gap.

    Nvidia GPU driver patched to fix five severe vulnerabilities

    Back in March Nvidia released its first GPU driver security patch of the year, addressing eight vulnerabilities found. Many affected Windows users are likely to get fixed drivers through OEMs rather than from Nvidia directly.
    Celtic to Play Slavia Prague if They Beat Cluj

    Celtic to Play Slavia Prague if They Beat Cluj

    Arzani's Socceroos and Celtic teammate Tom Rogic has been named in the squad for the crunch match but he too is doubtful to play. The Czech side lost to Dinamo Kiev in the qualifiers last term but got to the last eight of the Europa League .
  • Nick Kyrgios wins Washington Open by beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets

    Nick Kyrgios wins Washington Open by beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets

    Kyrgios had nothing but kind words for his doubles partner Tsitsipas, who will reach a career high of world number five on Monday. Titles for Nick Kyrgios don't come around too often, but when they do, they tend to be won in spectacular fashion.
    Jenna Bush Hager welcomes a baby boy

    Jenna Bush Hager welcomes a baby boy

    And our worlds made even sweeter when our girls met their baby brother'. "We weren't exactly sure about the name", she said. Jenna Bush Hager , a Today Show anchor, has chosen family names for all three of her children.
    Next BMW M3's outputs confirmed - and it's more potent than X3 M

    Next BMW M3's outputs confirmed - and it's more potent than X3 M

    Early indications are the purer models will have the lower horsepower figure and be the only cars to offer a manual. The M3 has historically been a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but that will change with the new model.
  • Draymond Green's four-year extension includes opt-out

    Draymond Green's four-year extension includes opt-out

    He is the ideal example in the National Basketball Association of mastering your role, and Draymond Green has done that. There, he would have been eligible for a four-year deal worth a projected $152.6 million from other teams.
    BitMitigate: Here's what we know about the company offering services t

    BitMitigate: Here's what we know about the company offering services t

    The site has held itself up as a bastion of free-speech protections for sites too objectionable for others to support. The FBI launched an investigation into the shooting as a case of both domestic terrorism and a hate crime.
    Kemar Roofe to leave Leeds United, says Marcelo Bielsa

    Kemar Roofe to leave Leeds United, says Marcelo Bielsa

    He also attracted interest from Scottish giants Rangers. "If I tell you this when he scored 15 goals last season, I would be stupid".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.