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Trump condemns racism after mass shootings

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Published on August 5, 2019 - Duration: 02:59s

Trump condemns racism after mass shootings

Two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio reverberated across the U.S. political arena, with some Democratic presidential candidates accusing President Donald Trump of stoking racial divisions while he said “hate has no place in our country.” Chris Dignam has more.

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Trump condemns racism after mass shootings

EDITORS NOTE: DUE TO RIGHTS RESTRICTIONS, WE HAVE REMOVED A MUG SHOT OF THE EL PASO SHOOTER USED IN A PREVIOUS VERSION Flags flew at half-staff in Washington on Monday at the Capitol building, where lawmakers have struggled to pass legislation prevent gun violence, and at the White House, where the president delivered a statement about the back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Our nation is overcome with shock and horror and sorrow." Facing a wave of criticism for his off-the-cuff rhetoric, which Democrats have called racially divisive, Trump - reading from a teleprompter - denounced racism.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate.

In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy." The president also called the deaths of 30 people within just 13 hours a "mental illness problem." (SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger.

Not the gun." Republican senators from both Ohio... (SOUND BITE) OHIO SENATOR ROB PORTMAN, SAYING: "...a mental health problem." ...and Texas voiced a similar refrain.

(SOUND BITE) TEXAS SENATOR JOHN CORNYN, SAYING: "The problem is not with law-abiding people exercising their constitutional rights.

It's obviously people who are twisted by mental illness...if you'd like for me to answer the question, I'd be happy to." Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidates accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial division.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O'ROURKE, SAYING: "We have a president right now who trafficks in this hatred, who incites this violence..." Senator Elizabeth Warren said in a tweet "we need to call out the president himself for advancing racism and white supremacy." Authorities in Texas said the massacre in the heavily Hispanic border city of El Paso - the death toll for which rose to 21 - appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime, with police citing a manifesto they attributed to the 21-year-old suspect.

His four-page manifesto, shared on the message board 8chan called the Walmart attack "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." (SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: (MAY 8, 2019) "This is an invasion." (SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) "We're talking about an invasion of our country." (SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: (NOVEMBER 4, 2018) "Because you look at what's marching up, that's not, that's an invasion folks.

That's an invasion." Donald Trump has repeatedly described Central American migrants trying to enter the U.S. as an invasion.

Here's the president at a rally in Florida this past May: (SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: (MAY 8, 2019) TRUMP: "But how do you stop these people?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: "Shoot them!" TRUMP: [CHUCKLES] "That's only in the panhandle you can get away with that." On Sunday, after spending the weekend at his golf resort in New Jersey, Trump struck a more sober tone.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Hate has no place in our country, and we're going to take care of it." Meanwhile, police are also investigating the weekend's second mass shooting in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio, in which the gunman killed nine people, including his sister.

The assailant, identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, was shot and killed by police within 30 seconds but authorities said they still did not know his motive for the attack.

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