After the gun attacks in El Paso, Texas and in the city of Dayton in the US state of Ohio, there is resistance against US President Donald Trump. Politicians and residents are criticizing the President's visit this Wednesday in both cities. Trump is accused of stirring racism and violence with his aggressive rhetoric.
Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, from the majority of Latinos El Paso, accused the president of being complicit in the attack in the Texas city prior to the visit. Trump should remember "that his words and deeds had a part in it". "From my point of view, he is not welcome here," she told MSNBC.
"We do not need more splitting"
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke tweeted that Trump helped "create the hatred that made the Saturday tragedy possible." "We do not need more splitting," wrote O'Rourke, who grew up in El Paso. "Our wounds must heal, he has no business here."
The mayors of the two cities also expressed reservations about the President's visit. El Paso's Mayor Dee Margo emphasized that he received the president because it was his duty. The Mayor of Dayton, Nan Whaley, said she would meet the president and tell him "how unhelpful he is". His statements about weapons law after the attacks were disappointing.
The local leader of the Republican party in El Paso, Adolpho Telles, defended the visit of the president in the city, said the CNN station, however, Trump must be more careful with his wording.
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Last Saturday, a 21-year-old shot and killed 22 people in El Paso on the border with Mexico. He was arrested and the investigators suspect a racist motive: The attacker had published an online manifesto before the fact that speaks of an "Hispanic invasion". Thirteen hours later, a 24-year-old killed nine people in Dayton before being shot dead by the police.
Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the president wanted to commemorate the victims in his visits, to comfort the affected communities, and to thank the forces for their "heroic deeds." She pointed out that after the deeds he condemned racism and the ideology of white supremacy.
However, the president himself has repeatedly made against immigrants from Mexico and Central America. He referred to Mexicans as "rapists," referring to migratory movements from Central America as "invasion." In addition, he made in recent weeks as a racially condemned statements against dark-skinned Democratic politicians for indignation. Critics accuse the president of paving the way for racist violence.