Rep. Maxine Waters said on Sunday that President Trump “cannot escape” blame for the shootings she said are motivated by his “race baiting.”
The California Democrat’s tweet follows two mass shootings in less than 24 hours in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left a total of 29 people dead and more than 50 injured.
“Enough is enough. America, when are you going to demand action on guns? Another senseless mass killing by a young white nationalist,” Waters tweeted.
“Trump, you cannot escape accepting blame for these escalating killings in our country that are motivated by your race baiting!,” she added.
Enough is enough. America, when are you going to demand action on guns? Another senseless mass killing by a young white nationalist. Trump, you cannot escape accepting blame for these escalating killings in our country that are motivated by your race baiting!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) August 4, 2019
The shooter accused of killing 20 people and wounding 26 more in El Paso on Saturday allegedly wrote a white nationalist, anti-immigrant manifesto ahead of the attack.
Federal authorities are investigating the manifesto which 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 reference in the manifesto, which had been circulating on the controversial message board 8Chan, was to mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on March 15.
The shooting suspect later told investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, two law enforcement officials told ABC News.
Trump has repeatedly referred to groups of Central American migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to claim asylum in the United States as “caravans” and an “invasion.”
“This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!” the president tweeted in October.
The suspects in last year’s mail-bomb scare and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue echoed some of the president’s rhetoric. The alleged Pittsburgh gunman, Robert Bowers, denounced the “third-world caravan” as a group of “invaders” in a social media post, reports The Hill.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso city councilman and Texas congressman, said Trump is “encouraging more racism in this country.”
O’Rourke also told CNN, Trump is a white nationalist, adding “this can not be open for debate.”
Fellow primary candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Trump is “sowing seeds of hate in this country” and is “particularly responsible” for the rising hate and deadly attacks.