“This is a serious problem, no question about it, but these are sick, sick people and the president knows it,” Mulvaney told ABC’s “This Week.” “But I don’t think it’s fair to lay this at the feet of the president.”
Mulvaney said Trump’s first call following the shooting in El Paso — where 20 people were killed — was to the attorney general “to find out what we could do to prevent this type of thing from happening, what we could do to send a message to the sick people who would do this type of thing.”
While Mulvaney was pressed on the president’s rhetoric, which many have tried saying was the inspiration for the killer, Mulvaney continued to defend Trump.
“This was a sick person, the shooter in Dayton was a sick person. No politician is to blame for that. The people responsible were the ones that pulled the trigger,” Mulvaney said. “We need to figure out how to create less of those people as a society and not who gets blamed going into the next election.”
In another interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Mulvaney brought up the El Paso shooter’s alleged manifesto, which can be read in full on Drudge Report. The manifesto directly contradicts leftist theories about Trump inspiring the alleged shooter.
“I blame the people who pulled the triggers,” Mulvaney said in response to people blaming the president for the shooting. “Is someone really blaming the president? These people are sick. And until we address why people think this way. This young man — let’s be clear, we know nothing about the shooter in Dayton, we’re just talking about the shooter in El Paso. This was a sick person. You can go and read the things the person wrote, now available to the public, making the person famous.”
He added, “If you do read that, you’ll know that he felt this way for a long time, even before President Trump got elected. Why aren’t we trying to figure out a way to bring the nation together instead of saying it is the president’s fault.”
In the alleged manifesto, which is currently being investigated by police, the alleged El Paso shooter directly says that his beliefs predate Trump’s election victory, which is what Mulvaney was referring to on NBC.
Mulvaney: "I blame the people who pulled the trigger" pic.twitter.com/QTn86a7vah
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 4, 2019
“My ideology has not changed for several years,” reads the manifesto. “My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I [sic] putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.”
It continues, “I put … this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
Some of the Democrats hoping to challenge Trump in 2020 have pushed the blame for the El Paso shooting to his doorstep. Beto O’Rourke, who was born in El Paso, seems to be leading the charge.
“President Trump’s racism does not just offend our sensibilities; it fundamentally changes the character of this country. And it leads to violence,” O’Rourke told CNN about the shooting.
President Trump's racism does not just offend our sensibilities; it fundamentally changes the character of this country. And it leads to violence. pic.twitter.com/SbuxGneFnh
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 4, 2019
In another interview, O’Rourke said Trump is “encouraging” this sort of violence.
“[Trump] is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it,” the former Texas congressman said.
.@BetoORourke blamed the El Paso shooting, in part, on racism that "we’re seeing" by Trump, Fox News, and the internet: "[Trump] is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it."
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 4, 2019
“Still grieving over the mass shooting in El Paso. My heart breaks again for the victims of another mass shooting in Dayton. The policies of @realDonaldTrump & his enablers have not made us safer. Time to give others a chance. Vote out those who do nothing about gun violence,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
Still grieving over the mass shooting in El Paso. My heart breaks again for the victims of another mass shooting in Dayton.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 4, 2019
“The individuals who do the shootings are responsible,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), “but I do think Trump’s rhetoric has fueled more hate in this country.”
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) August 3, 2019
Despite O’Rourke and others going after the president, Trump has done nothing but show support for the victims of the El Paso shooting.
“Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas,” he tweeted following the shooting.
He later added about both El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, “The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!”
In another tweet he said, “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”
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