Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended the president, saying that neither Trump nor any other politician can be blamed for the violence. "Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun", Trump said.
The anti-immigrant writing that police were working to link to the alleged perpetrator in the Texas shooting, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, mirrored some of Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Moreover, speaking n the El Paso attack, John Bash, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas insisted that his department was "treating this as a domestic terror case".
Authorities say Crusius is from the affluent Dallas suburb of Allen and drove more than 10 hours to El Paso before the attack. His reelection strategy has placed racial animus at the forefront in an effort that his aides say is created to activate his base of conservative voters, an approach not seen by an American president in the modern era.
Though authorities were eyeing racism as a possible factor in Texas, where the alleged shooter has been booked on murder charges, in OH police said there was no indication of a similar motivation. "These sinister ideologies must be defeated".
Multiple people killed in Texas shooting
Local media outlets also posted surveillance footage said to show a gunman entering the building with an automatic rifle. A United States soldier who reportedly carried children to safety during the El Paso Walmart has been labelled a hero .
"He goes, trying to help heal communities, meeting with those who are injured, those loved ones who have survived, the innocents who have lost their lives so senselessly and tragically", Conway said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called on Trump to stop his "hatred, divisiveness and anti-immigrant rhetoric". That political dynamic seems hard to change.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were quick to criticize. Rice joins former President Barack Obama and former FBI Director James Comey as the latest high-profile former official to speak out against racism following the attacks. "He's trafficked in this stuff from the very beginning, and we are reaping right now what he has sown and what his supporters in Congress have sown".
"This has been going on for years, for years and years in our country and we have to get it stopped". "Leaders to demonize us that don't look like us or immigrants threaten our way of life or refer to people as subhuman or America belongs to one certain type of people it halls no place in our politics and our public life".
Trump pointed to the media. "Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres", Mr. Trump tweeted, quoting Fox News' Brian Kilmeade.
He suggested early Monday on Twitter that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system.
But he didn't say how or why he was connecting the unrelated issues.