Trump’s words come back to haunt him in El Paso

Thursday 8th August 2019

During his time at The White House, President Trump has attended many scenes of gun massacres, not least the shootings in Charlottesville which appeared to launch a real public outcry against the current US gun laws.

This week the shootings in Dayton and El Paso however, have re-ignited claims that this president is on the side of the shooter and not the populace.

When he visited El Paso yesterday, with First Lady Melania, there were protesters with placards, not celebrating the commander-in-chief’s visit, but rather pointing at him as the cause.

Of course White House officials have gone out of their way to remind Americans, that the individuals to blame were the ones who pulled the triggers but there is still a real sense that his rhetoric has not helped.

In his efforts to highlight immigration issues and to fuel his desire to build a wall on the Mexican border, he has regularly termed the movement of refugees as an invasion and it seems that the shooter in El Paso used exactly the same language.

He has been reported to have travelled to the largely Hispanic area of El Paso on a wave of white supremacism, even reportedly texting online that, “"this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas".

Although visiting the medical centres and emergency teams, Trump had no time for a public address, nor did it appear it would be welcome.

Democrat congresswoman, Veronica Escobar even refused to meet the president and of course El Paso native Beto O’Rourke is a presidential candidate for 2020 and has made his thoughts on Trump’s inflammatory language clear.

It seems that while Trump chose immigration as his  vote-winner for 2020, he may well have mis-read the climate.

It is clear that those among his grassroots supporters who also support the gun laws may enjoy his words but it seems America as a whole is becoming increasingly wary of the National Rifle Association’s power over the White House and the country.

Trump did come out and suggest that more in-depth checks should be made into the mental health of those getting a gun license and more capital punishment should be dealt out, but many have seen this as doing no more than creating another prejudice towards mental illness.

What was once Trump’s ammunition to whip up rallies, may now actually be something that forces him out of office.

It is worth mentioning however. that the bookies make him favourite to last for another term, but then Hillary Clinton was a clear favourite up to three months before the last election, so everything may well change and one of those changes may well now be that the president is not so keen to focus on immigration.

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