Trump began today by blaming “Fake News” for having “contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years.”
In doing so, he was echoing a line from the El Paso shooter, a Politico reporter noted:
The New York Post, one of Trump’s favorite newspapers that is owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is out with a front-page editorial today calling for “the return of an assault-weapons ban.”
But many journalists have noted that the right-leaning outlet issued a similar plea after the Parkland shooting to no avail:
Nadler: Trump’s response ‘reminds me of 1930s Germany’
The Democratic chairman of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler, compared Trump’s response to the shootings to Nazi Germany:
And a University of Alabama law professor made this point about Trump’s morning tweet suggesting that a background checks bill should be linked to immigration reform:
At the same time, the president’s daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump called white supremacy “terrorism” in a tweet. The language echoed a New York Times editorial over the weekend.
She was immediately criticized, including by a lawmaker who was the recent target of a racist tweet by President Trump, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
In July, Trump told four female Congresswomen of color to “go back” to the nations they came from. The tweet played on old racist tropes, and was also inaccurate – all but one of the women was born in the United States.
Trump blames media for ‘anger and rage’
President Trump is under intense criticism following two back-to-back massacres in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, in which dozens of people were killed with military-style assault rifles.
In the El Paso shooting, a long manifesto was posted online shortly before the massacre began, saying the attack was motivated by hatred of immigrants. He used language which echoed that often used by President Trump to stoke support for immigration restrictions.
Trump responded this morning by blaming the “Fake News” media for a contributing to “anger and rage,” calling for background checks, and “marrying” the legislation with immigration reform.
“We must have something good, if not GREAT [sic], come out of these two tragic events!” he tweeted early Monday.