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Buttigieg Calls On Trump To Leave His Golf Resort And ‘Condemn’ White Nationalism After El Paso Attack


Buttigieg Calls On Trump To Leave His Golf Resort And ‘Condemn’ White Nationalism After El Paso Attack

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg ripped into President Donald Trump’s “bully” rhetoric following the El Paso mass shooting on Saturday, which left 20 dead and dozens more injured, calling on the president to “leave his golf resort” and return to Washington to “condemn” white nationalism.

“The ultimate amplifier on this kind of hate is the bully pulpit of the White House,” South Bend mayor said on MSNBC news on Sunday.

“This is a question of leadership,” he continued. “Will the president of the United States leave his golf resort, go back to Washington, address the nation, condemn—in no uncertain terms—white nationalism as an evil ideology that is inspiring some people to commit murder?”

Buttigieg also urged Trump to “call for the Senate to convene tomorrow to enact at least the most basic gun safety reforms that most Americans want.”

He suggested there would be “a mix of silence today and more hate tomorrow coming from the highest office in the land.”

The Indiana mayor accused the president of “stoking” racial tensions.

As lawmakers and community leaders reeled after the El Paso massacre, Trump was pictured enjoying his weekend vacation at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey.

Photos posted on social media show Trump making an appearance at a couple’s wedding Saturday, including one photo showing the president standing next to the bride.

The Justice Department is treating the shooting as a “domestic terrorism case” and exploring a hate crime connection.

The suspected El Paso shooter, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, posted a 2,300-word manifesto online minutes before the shooting that featured anti-immigrant and white supremacist rhetoric, a federal law enforcement official confirmed to the New York Times.

The manifesto stated, in part, “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The shooting suspect later told investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, two law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Trump has refused to acknowledge white nationalism as a growing threat in the United States. He has also refused to stop using anti-immigrant rhetoric and calling Central American refugees “invaders.”


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