By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The White House on Tuesday hit back at Democrats blaming POTUS Donald Trump for the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, noting that even though both alleged shooters favored Leftist policies and Democrat candidates, the president would never blame them.
Alleged El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius reportedly wrote a “manifesto” in which he complained about an “invasion” of Hispanics from Mexico and Central America as part of the reason behind his attack — a claim Democrats leaped on to pin the attack to the president’s “anti-Hispanic” and “racist” rhetoric.
In the manifesto, Crucius also claimed that his feelings “predate” Trump’s candidacy and presidency. Also, he blamed American corporations, a favorite target of 2020 Democrat presidential contenders, as being supportive of illegal immigration, while also complaining about how modern farming is damaging the environment, which is also an issue championed by the Left.
Nevertheless, Democrats are blaming the president’s words for the attack, though he has never singled out anyone because of their race or ethnicity.
Meanwhile, the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts, voted for Democrats and also expressed support for 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), White House aide Hogan Gidley noted Tuesday.
“There are plenty of people in this country who commit acts of evil in the names of politicians, of celebrities and all types of things. It’s not the politician’s fault when someone acts out their evil intention,” Gidley said.
“I’ll just have to say, we would never dream of blaming Elizabeth Warren for the shooter who supports Elizabeth Warren. We would never dream of blaming [Rep. Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez for someone who perpetrated a terrorist attack on a DHS ICE facility because he used the same rhetoric she uses about concentration camps,” Gidley noted further.
“We would also never blame Barack Obama for the police shootings in Dallas. We wouldn’t blame Bernie Sanders for the shooting of Steve Scalise or other Republicans. And quite frankly, it’s ridiculous to make those connections in some way. You have to blame the people here who pulled the trigger,” he continued.
Betts used the term “concentration camps” to describe ICE detention facilities in social media posts — a term made notable recently by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), to the anger and angst of DHS and Border Patrol officials.
It was also a term used by a self-described Antifa follower, Willem Van Spronsen, who attacked an ICE facility with firebombs in Tacoma, Wash., last month.
The Sanders reference is to a professed Sanders supporter, James Hodgkinson of Illinois, who shot at GOP lawmakers practicing softball the morning of June 14, 2017. He struck four people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) before being shot by police officers and dying nine days later.
Scalise has been recovering since.
The Virginia Attorney General concluded, in a review of police force used that day, that Hodgkinson’s attack was “an act of terrorism…fueled by rage against Republican legislators.”
When asked during an interview with ABC News over the weekend about comments made by 2020 Democratic presidential contender Robert “Beto” O’Rourke blaming Trump, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney gave a similar response.
“Here’s the question you could ask Beto—and I would if he were sitting here. It’s a fair question I think to ask. Which is, look, did anyone blame Bernie Sanders for the Congressional baseball game shooting? No, I don’t think so.
“Did anyone blame Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the gentleman—gentleman—for the crazy guy who tried to blow up the DHS office in Washington state, taking I think a homemade bomb and an AR-15 to shoot up what he called a concentration camp, the exact same rhetoric that AOC was using? Did anybody blame her?” Mulvaney wondered.
“There’s no benefit here to trying to make this a political issue. This is a social issue and we need to address it as that,” he added.
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