District of Columbia — Less than 48 hours after two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton rocked America to its core, President Donald Trump delivered a strong message on Monday morning from the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House. President Trump was in Bedminister, NJ during the attacks, spending the weekend at his golf club before returning to Washington yesterday afternoon.
In his address to the nation, President Trump condemned white supremacy, saying “hate has no place in America”. The President also called for unity saying, “Now is the time set destructive partisanship aside and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.” The address to America is the President’s first comments on the attack since he tweeted condolences and condemned the attacks over the weekend. On Saturday, he tweeted a scathing response to the attacks, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.”
The attacks have also renewed gun control calls, with Democrats and the left in general demanding reforms on firearms. Conservatives on the right have pinned the situation on the shooters themselves, demanding they be held personally responsible instead of blaming the weapons used. President Trump touched on those subjects with “mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger” but “not the gun” he said.