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Trump Unmistakably Condemns White Supremacy

In the wake of two horrifying mass shootings this past weekend  President Trump has publicly and unequivocally condemned “White Supremacy.”

Responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto, the President said during an address on Monday, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”

The President also called for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws — including so-called “red flag laws” to take guns from those deemed a public risk.

“Our nation is overcome with shock, horror and sorrow,” Trump said, in solemn remarks from the White House. “We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil.”

However, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform, the president did not call for any explicit changes to gun laws beyond the “red flag laws.”

But he did earnestly say he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”

It’s a Mental Health Problem

Realizing that these mass shootings are a mental health issue, more than a gun issue, Trump has called for reforms to mental health laws “to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” adding that we must “make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said, going on to call for red-flag laws to allow the seizure of firearms from those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety.

The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Further, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”

As he continued his address, Trump also called for policing the “dark recesses of the Internet” in a bid to catch mass murderers before they act.

“We must do a better job at identifying and acting on early warning signs,” Trump said. “I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies and social media companies to develop tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.”

The President added, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace…It is too easy for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”

The Dems Strike Back

Despite his swift and decisive action, it did not take the 2020 Democratic hopefuls long to strike back at the President. Within minutes of him completing his address the top tier Democratic candidates said the President had not gone far enough.

“The president is weak. And wrong. White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., another 2020 White House hopeful, asked that Trump “please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence we see.”

Trump on Monday touted his administration’s record on gun measures, noting that last year he ordered a ban on bump stocks and “all devices” that otherwise turn legal weapons into “illegal machine guns.”

The front page of the New York Post, a paper generally supportive of the President, points to an editorial that begs Trump to ban semi-automatic assault rifles, like those used in the weekend attacks.

“Come up with answers. Now. Beginning with the return of an assault weapons ban,” the editorial board wrote. “This ban would only be part of the response: Keep improving background checks, find wiser approaches to mental health, get every state to pass a red-flag law (do a federal one, too, even if issuing these restraining orders is mainly the job of state courts).”

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  • Randy
    6 August 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    President Trump,
    You do know what red flag laws do, right?
    They get people killed because some liberal deemed a law abiding citizen a red flag, the law goes to take their guns and like any free American citizen, they refuse to give up their 2nd amendment rights without a fight.
    Who is going to say who is a red flag? some liberal nazi who wants to take our 2nd amendment rights away anyway?! All they have to do is make up some story about a person and who will know the difference, true or not? Just another step to making American citizens subjects rather than free citizens is all a red flag law is.

    • Eileen Ross
      7 August 2019 at 7:28 pm
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      Randy, this red flag agenda puts President Trump on shakey ground with me. It really makes me wonder if he has become one of them and has been fooling us all along, while working behind the scenes with them.

  • Barbara Avalos
    6 August 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Democrats should start doing there job and let the president alone stop saying false news.

  • kathie
    6 August 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    People need to step forward when they hear and see anti behavior. We have a first amendment right to say how we feel about anything, so I’m talking about those people who “know” when others demonstrate off behavior.

    The mental illness is not necessarily those in counseling, or even those who are taking an anit-depressant….it is those however, who verbalize their vitral hatred. They are the one who need watching. Our social media sites should be able to set perimeters for such behavior. These are sick people.

    Lastly, the Clinton machine, & Obama folk had there time, decades to implement procedures/safeguards and they didnt. So sticks and stones and all….Trump needs to stay the course.

  • Anita
    6 August 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    What about the shooter in Ohio who supports Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Atifa? Will we be seeing anything about him and his beliefs from the major news networks? I doubt it!

  • David
    6 August 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    Exactly what or who is “WHITE supremacy”? Why don’t we label all of the other colors of the human race with a moniker so when every BLACK person shoots, rapes, or breaks into a house they can be identified with their “HATE” label.

    There’s no such thing as “WHITE supremacy” !

    • Marinevet
      7 August 2019 at 9:15 pm
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      The only white supremacists are the KKK. There are no others,there is only the left looking to demonize the conservatives. They need some way to draw the spotlight from themselves and their crap. Investigating any and all positions that are filled by republicans. With laws that say they can not.

  • Donald J.
    6 August 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    Now if you could just get the previous race baiting POTUS and his brownshirts, the OFA and Antifa who are driving all this hate with the full cooperation of the divisive MSM to understand they are responsible for all the hate/racism/discontent in this Country we can get back to normal.

  • Janet
    6 August 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Red flag laws need to also give the subject the right to a hearing to make sure that the report is not being given by someone with a personal agenda aimed at that person. I do believe that counselors, therapists, doctors, and mental health workers should be mandatory reporters. There also needs to be rules on the reporting by the media. So much of the reporting is over and over again and can glorify the shooter to another prospective shooter because they want to be famous or whatever they think it gives them. We know that the majority of people are good and responsible and that something like this would never enter their mind as something to do, but there is the small minority that are triggered by seeing what someone else has done.

  • Ann McCain
    6 August 2019 at 4:29 pm
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  • Dawn
    6 August 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    This is so sad and I’m so sorry to hear of another killing from these young people.
    I wonder if they are just left out in their lives and they get triggered by something and want to go prove to the world that they are strong!!
    My youngest son played Halo with seven or eight other friends back when he was a teenager and they would have Halo parties and it was just so much fun for them, they have never gotten into trouble!
    My grandson now is 12 and he plays fortnite games with like eight other friends during the day when his mom is working and they just all have a fun time with this also, so I believe it’s just the makeup of the child and I also believe the devil likes to attack these children when they’re on their own too much and all these thoughts can come into these young people’s minds and another thought why don’t we ever see girls taking out a gun and shooting others, why does it always seem to be boys, is it something with their metabolism or their hormones … and parents need to be spending some more time with their kids and checking on them even after they move out of the house, sometimes they are just lonely and need some direction in their life or help them to seek counseling and to form friendships!!
    Get them involved in something fun, my husband has had guns all these years and licked up in a gun cabinet and my kids have learned to go up to church camp and do shooting and so have my grandkids and they just have so much fun with it!! It’s taught in a respectable way, there’s no way my kids would ever get a hold of a AK-47, so where are these young people getting these guns and who would even sell something like that!!
    Those guns should be banned, they should only be for the military and for our police!!

  • Denise Naida
    6 August 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Thank you President Trump, you are doing a great job. The Liberal Dems. are not. They are the most racist group of things I have ever seen. They’ve made it very clear they hate white people and anyone who loves America. This new law passed by the Gov. of CA should be thrown out. If it isn’t start with CA Gov. finances for the last 5 years and check every Democrat too. I’m sure the brain dead Gov. of CA will be sorry for screwing his fellow Dems. I’m praying for you and 2020. They will do anything to win, lie, cheat and steal taxpayers money. It’s the only way they can get elected. The have no morals!!

  • Jim
    6 August 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Why don’t we start by letting all the Democratic Presidential Candidates take a psychological evaluation to ensure they are not a Red Flag candidate ?? Do the same with any candidate from any party. This maybe should apply to anyone running for government employment —State , or Federal . Let’s put them under the same microscope that the Government will use to deny our 2nd amendment rights to the Citizens !!!!

  • MARION SKAGGS
    6 August 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    Sorry, America , But I do not like this ” Red Flag ” Terminology. Knowing those Anti- Gun Democratic Politicians and the way they ” Add On ” extras to those Bills, they can NEVER be trusted not to try and change some Part of our Second Amendment to sort of ” Take Care of Their Own Wants and Desires “. Our President , Vice President, the Republican Representatives and Senators , ALL need to Vote against any and all Bills relating to , and WITH , the words ” RED FLAG ” Terminology. TSgt., USAF Vietnam Vet., Retired.

  • Jeanette Fossum
    6 August 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    we took God out of schools, out of our homes, parents never discipline their kids. teachers teaching socialism. no respect!

    • Danielle
      8 August 2019 at 3:13 am
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      You’ve got that right, Jeanette!

  • Donald J.
    6 August 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    Gee, wonder where the previous comments on this article went today? LOL!

  • Richard Oberst
    7 August 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Bernie Sanders and others do not seem to understand the difference between “illegal immigrants” and legal immigration. He refers only to immigrants. Why is it that many Democrats think the American public is that stupid? This is an unacceptable level of deceit

  • Brian Conner
    7 August 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    The President has to watch what he says. With this law(if) law enforcement comes to your home for a dispute will they consider that in act to be able to take away your guns, because you might use them. People have said time after time (it’s) NOT the legal gun owners its the criminals. They don’t abide by any rule of law. Start with the gangs in Chicago,New York, Los Angeles, seize there illegal guns first. I’m all for back round checks, I can wait 10days and I believe the legal gun owners would agree. But to go as far as the Democrats want to go, is taking this to far. The same thing for illegal immigration, what part of illegal don’t they understand. Just do it the right way. I don’t understand why border patrol can’t just turn them around and send them back right when they cross. I don’t get it. We are a Nation of Laws, but the Democrats pick and choose witch one suits them at the time, they need to be called out for their own BS. 7 to 10 years ago the Democrats were all for border security, the Republicans need to keep bringing that up. There are hundreds of videos that show that from Obama down to old clips on the House floor and Senate floor. There is so much information out there to call the Democrats on there BS again “I don’t get it” stop playing with our lively hood. The bill of rights is there for all, please let’s not let the Democrats destroy it. Freedom, lower taxes, property rights, States Rights, rule of law. Republicans just want to be left alone and live their lives FREE from government tyranny. If you don’t like where you’re at you can always move, that’s called Freedom. For you Democrats out there, Our President is following the Laws you wrote, abide by your laws you wrote, we do have an immigration law already on the books, abide by it. Sorry for rambling, I will never apologize for my country or what I believe is true. I’m just pissed. GOD bless us all. Brian

  • Eileen Ross
    7 August 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Janet, it’s time we started seeing through all this BS and realize that they really want to take ALL of our guns. This “red flag” nonsense is just the beginning. This is how they operate, just a little at a time, and then before we know it, BABAAAM! They have all our guns, and then they can take over. They are not fooling all of us.
    If President Trump passes this law, we are in deep trouble, and need to question his intentions.

  • Dawn Sivert
    8 August 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Ok, I am really sick of hearing all this crap about it being President Trumps fault that there were two shootings this past weekend and he is responsible because he is racist and so are all his supporters you know the deplorables.
    I would like to know why the third and fourth shootings this weekend have not been mentioned..YOu know the 2 mass shootings in Chicago, oh yeah, that’s right, these shootings were black against black so Trump can’t be racist here can he? I feel that with the 32 shootings during the Obama administration, where was all the racist talk and blame, especially for the children at SandyHook, Obama was surely to blame for that right? He might as well have been holding the gun.
    As far as my opinion goes on all the dems that are running for 20/20, there isn’t a one of them that is worth letting them clean up all the crap in the streets of San Francisco, especially dear dear Beto! Come on dems, grow some balls and start trying to keep our Country the way it was meant to be, not this hell hole you are turning it into. If you keep it up America will be just like the S…hole 3rd world countries that you all go upset about the president daring to say IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, IT IS WHAT WE WILL GET WITH ALL YOU IDIOTS.

  • julie kemp
    8 August 2019 at 2:21 am
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    I agree with Barbara. Stop attacking Trump and let him do his job.I love LEGAL immigrants. My parents were LEGAL.I am AGAINST ILLEGAL immigrants. For YEARS the Democrats have been referring to them in the same sentence as “IMMIGRANTS”, ONE AND THE SAME. They are NOT the same. Immigrants MUST come in LEGALLY. Congress needs to get OFF it’s ASS and get to work!!!. Fix IMMIGRATION REFORM” .Trump and the Border Agents are BEGGING for it. CALL your Congressman and woman to do it. If they don’t, VOTE THEM OUT!!!! CALL THEM and tell them you WILL NOT VOTE FOR THEM.

  • richard stewart
    8 August 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Without a doubt, Trumps negative remarks and statement that the immigrants from south of the border are invaders and laughing at an individual during one of his rallies when he said “Kill them” as a viable solution has given the extreme white supremist the okay to do just that. Why Mitch and the other extreme right Republican senators continuing to back the president is very concerning and most likely due to a monetary advantage that the President has created for them. The people, however, are of no concern.

  • Maurita Cooper
    8 August 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Blame the lunatic or the fanatic who made his choice to murder in each shooting.

  • Maurita Cooper
    8 August 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    Blame the lunatic or the fanatic who chose to murder at each of those locations. No one else but a COLD BLOODED KILLER .DEATH SENTENCE.

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