FoxNews.com reports that
El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo told reporters on Monday that President Trump will visit the city on Wednesday, even as several prominent Democrats indirectly blamed the president for Saturday’s mass shooting there — with some warning him, in frank terms, to stay away.
News of Trump’s planned appearance teed up a potentially bitter national political moment just four days after suspected gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, allegedly opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people while injuring more than two dozen others.
“He is president of the United States,” Margo, a Republican, told reporters. “So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso, and hope that if we are expressing specifics that we can get him to come through for us.”
The mayor said he is “already getting the emails and the phone calls” from individuals “with lots of time on their hands,” but that his focus remains on his community, not politics.
“We’re dealing with a tragedy of 22 people who have perished by the hateful, evil act of a white supremacist,” he said. “I don’t know how we deal with evil. I don’t have a textbook for dealing with it other than the Bible.
“I’m sorry. We are going to go through this. The president is coming out. I will meet with the president. I guess for people who have lots of time on their hands, I will deal with the emails and phone calls.”
The White House has not confirmed Trump’s schedule, or whether he will also visit Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people over the weekend. But the Federal Aviation Administration has advised pilots of a presidential visit Wednesday to both El Paso and Dayton.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told reporters that she had “not gotten a call” about a presidential visit as of late Monday, and didn’t have more details.
But both before and after Margo’s announcement, several Democrats forcefully urged Trump not to visit El Paso. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who represents the district that is home to the Walmart where Saturday’s shooting took place, lashed out at the president on Monday morning — placing some of the blame for the weekend’s tragedy at his feet.
“The president has made my community and my people the enemy,” she told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“He has told the country that we are people to be feared, people to be hated,” Escobar continued. “From my perspective, he is not welcome here. He should not come here while we are in mourning.”
And Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, urged Margo in a televised interview to “quietly” tell Trump that he is not “welcome” in the city, because of his rhetoric on immigration.
Ryan has escalated his language in the last 24 hours, as he struggles to raise his political profile. He tweeted “Fck me” after Trump mistakenly, at one point in his speech, said the Ohio shooting took place in Toledo and not Dayton.
For Ryan, the language appeared to be part of a deliberate approach: Earlier Monday, the longshot candidate went on CNN and tore into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying, “Mitch McConnell needs to get off his a– and do something.” On Sunday, he tweeted: “Republicans need to get their s— together and stop pandering to the NRA. Period.”
Bernie Sanders also called out the president, saying “I say to President Trump, please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence that we see.”
In 2017, a far-left Sanders supporter fired upon a Republican congressional baseball practice, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and injuring three others before U.S. Capitol Police took him down. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said the gunman was screaming, “This is for healthcare.” Sanders did not take responsibility for that episode.
Trump, for his part, on Monday 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 — in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend, which left at least 31 people dead in total.
The Trump administration previously enacted an unprecedented ban on firearm bump stocks that enable weapons to fire with greater rapidity, like machine guns — and the ban was recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The move came after a 2017 massacre in Las Vegas, Nevada killed 58 people.
In unequivocal terms, the president on Monday also condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto ahead of the violence. The manifesto specifically said that Trump’s rhetoric was not to blame for the shooting, and said the shooter’s views “predate” Trump’s presidential campaign.
However, some observers cautioned that mass shooters are increasingly using disingenuous manifestos primarily as a means to cause division and sow political discord, rather than to advance a particular agenda. Crusius became the third mass shooter this year believed to have posted to the website 8Chan, which is a haven for both ironic trolls and racists, prior to going on a shooting rampage.
Some little punkette Congresswoman thinks that she can tell the President of the United States of America that he cannot travel to an American city because he does not kiss the backsides of those who have illegally entered our Sovereign Nation.
And, the other clueless, Marxist, Far Left Democrats are joining in her attempt to try to boss around President Trump.
President Trump is fulfilling his duties as OUR President.
He will be visiting El Paso, whether you want him to or not.
The mayor understands what is expected and appropriate in this horrible situation…even if y’all think that decorum is something that you do to the rooms in your mansions.
I, along with my fellow average Americans, know that your mantra that “Trump is a RAAACIST!” is as far from the truth as AOC is from a MENSA Membership.
Your politicization of the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton was expected and is being given all the gravitas that a scheme to take down a sitting President via means of Political B.S. should be given.
You want to know what is sad?
Back in the day, when something terrible happened to the citizens of our great country, Americans would pull together, as they did after Pearl Harbor and 9/11, in love and support. Then, after the situation was handled and responded to, politicians would again choose up sides and continue with their meaningless bickering.
Today’s Far Left Democrats did not even wait for the bodies of innocent Americans to achieve room temperature before they began blaming President Trump for the crimes of two psychopaths.
The Democrats have shown Americans through their continued baseless attacks on the President, that they view the murdered Americans in El Paso and Dayton as political expediencies to be used to clear a pathway back to the White House and unbridled political power.
Remember this moment, gentle readers…and remember who actually conducted themselves as if they were fit to be the leader of our Sovereign Nation.
I’ll give you a clue…it is certainly not the Democrats.
Until He Comes,