A mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday that killed at least 20 people was committed by a man that claimed he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as he could.
The shooter drove for several hours to reach an El Paso, Walmart known to be popular with Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. He posted a hate-filled anti-immigrant manifesto online before he opened fire. There was a second mass shooting in Ohio a few hours later where nine people were killed.
Monday morning, a somber Trump addressed the nation discussing the tragedies and calling out white supremacy stating,
“Our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. The sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
However, Trump failed to acknowledge his own responsibility in the spread of hate and bigotry. He has spent his entire presidency describing migrants from South American and Central American countries as rapists, criminals, and gang members. On several occasions, Trump has referred to those seeking asylum at the border as an invasion.
The Mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, just stated that “the City is ill-prepared to handle this many migrants, the backlog could last 6 months.” Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
Comments like these that make the condemnations in his address hard to believe. A simple scroll through Trump’s Twitter profile shows that he actively demonizes racial and religious minorities and wields white supremacy as a political weapon. Add that to the way he coddles Nazis, which was clearly evident with his “good people on both sides” speech after Charlottesville, and you have a president who is actively promoting hatred, division, and anti-immigrant fervor.
Trump’s Habit of Contradicting Himself After a Tragedy – The Atlantic
Just three months ago, Trump was smirking at the suggestion migrants at the border should be shot, but now, he is soullessly delivering a prepared speech condemning racism. It is a bit like Mr. Hyde donning the Dr. Jekyll mask long enough to read from the teleprompter.
Which one shall we believe? This Trump…
Or this one?