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Trump Condemns Racism And Hate At Today’s Press Conference But Offers Little In Specifics

Nearly two full days (and a second mass shooting) after the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Trump held a press conference to finally address the two recent tragedies that have shaken the US.

For Trump, it was an opportunity to condemn White Nationalism and to offer up solutions on how he as president will better protect the country from this rising threat. Trump did both of those, kind of, but he also took the opportunity to lay the blame for the spread of racism and hate on everything and everyone other than himself.

After what seemed like an eternity to many people this weekend, Trump finally held a press conference to discuss the tragedies from this weekend.

Two days after the first bullets were fired in El Paso, TX, the president finally held a press conference to speak about the double terror attacks that have shaken the country. In his press conference, Trump surprisingly condemned White Nationalism in very strong words and told the country that “hate has no place in America.”

Ahead of his speech, Trump proposed on Twitter that Congress work to pass legislation on background checks for guns, suggesting that such reforms could be tied to immigration.

For Trump, the ideal way of getting gun control laws passed was to tie to the very same views the shooter in El Paso espoused – stricter immigration laws.

Trump on Monday said that he supported a move to strengthen background checks in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and he suggested tying such legislation to immigration reform. 

During his press conference, Trump also referenced the wrong Ohio city when making his remarks about Dayton.

Of course #ToledoMassacre started trending on Twitter freaking many people out that there had in fact been another shooting. Thankfully, TOledo was safe, the president had just made a big mistake.

This man lost two of his cousins in the Dayton shooting and he is demanding action from Donald Trump.

Many of the victim’s families and friends have made direct, personal pleas with the president begging him to step up as a leader and demand effective gun control measures.

Some were already anticipating Trump’s press conference and had a few expectations -– including Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX).

Although a few reporters asked the president these exact questions, Trump dodged them with vague answers. Although Trump did suggest getting behind existing Republican-approved gun control measures, he didn’t outline any specifics and refused to make any serious commitments.

Many on social media were disgusted by how long it took Trump to offer more than hurried and inauthentic tweets to the victims.

Over the weekend, as the massacres took place, Trump was in New Jersey at his golf resort. Despite sending two tweets, the president continued his rounds of golf and even dropped in on a wedding.

Others couldn’t help but compare the likely reaction of former President Obama against Trump’s delayed response.

Many found themselves reminiscing about the leadership we saw under Obama. Within hours of the Sandy Hook massacre, the President had delivered an address to a shaken nation and developed a comprehensive gun reform package. Obviously that package never made it into law and Obama has cited that as one of the greatest regrets of his presidency.

For many, Trump blaming everything and everyone else for the rise of White Nationalism was infuriating.

Although Trump did finally condemn white nationalism and, used very strong terms to do so, He also made up excuses for basically every domestic terrorist possible.

At this conference this morning, Trump said “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”

But he also laid the blame on mental illness and video games – both of which have been debunked my several studies and mental health organizations. He also continued placing blame on the “fake news media” and even on social media.

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