Obama: Reject language from leaders that 'normalizes racist sentiments'

Grant Boone
August 6, 2019

Trump tweeted Monday about the weekend shootings in Texas and OH that left 29 dead and dozens wounded. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!

He has frequently sought to tie his immigration priorities - a border wall and transforming the legal immigration system to one that prioritizes merit over family ties - to legislation around which he perceives momentum to be building.

"This is the most racist President we've had since perhaps Andrew Johnson, in another age and another century, and he is responsible for the hatred and the violence that we're seeing right now", O'Rourke said in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time".

Trump has backed away from previous pledges to strengthen gun laws following other mass shootings.

As Trump weighs trips to the affected communities - the Federal Aviation Administration advised pilots of a presidential visit Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio - local lawmakers signaled opposition to his presence. As Democrats have called on Trump to tone down his rhetoric, Trump blamed the news media for the nation's woes.

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"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", Obama said in a statement posted on Twitter that did not refer to President Donald Trump by name.

The president then tweeted Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, who said on the air Tuesday: "It's political season and the election is around the corner. It's got to be you, and those who are helping this country understand what is happening in our name, to connect those dots of these actions that can seem unconnected or disparate or random or just unusual". "We are reaping what he's sown and we have to put a stop to it".

Democrats on Monday accused Trump of fostering an environment of hate that led to the shootings, and they angrily renewed their calls for his defeat next year.

"Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years", he tweeted. "News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these awful problems will only get worse!" he tweeted.

"These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill", he said, although police have not confirmed such a claim. "I would encourage them to show him his own words and his actions at the rallies because we're not going to get past this until there's acknowledgment from the very top that we need to heal, that this whole country is hurting, that there has been bigotry and racism and hatred that has been stoked at all levels", Escobar told MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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