Cory Booker Says President Trump is 'Responsible' For Shooting in El Paso
2020 hopeful says president has not action to 'condemn white supremacy'
Presidential candidate Cory Booker wasted no time in politicizing the tragic mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, by immediately pointing the finger at President Donald Trump for "sowing seeds of hatred in our country."
Booker said the president is "responsible" for taking no action to "condemn white supremacy."
MSNBC on Sunday, the 2020 hopeful said:
"We have moral bonds and fabric of our country. We have a president of the United States who is particularly responsible."
"My faith has this idea that you reap what you sow and he is sowing seeds of hatred in our country," he added.
"This harvest of hate violence that we’re seeing now lies at his feet."
"When you have the president from the highest moral office in our land talking about 'invasions' and 'infestations' and 'shithole countries.'"
"The kind of things that come out of his mouth. It harms the moral fabric of our nation. He is responsible," Booker added.
"He is responsible when he has taken no action whatsoever to even condemn white supremacy."
Fellow 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke also joined the blame game with Booker, insisting Trump was responsible for the shooting that resulted in 20 deaths and more than two dozen people wounded.
"There is an environment of it in the United States," O'Rourke said.
"We see it on Fox News, we see it on the internet, but we also see it from our commander-in-chief," he continued.
"He is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it, calling immigrants rapists and criminals, warning of an invasion on our border, seeking to ban all people of one religion. Folks are responding to this. It doesn’t just offend us; it encourages the kind of violence we’re seeing, including in my hometown of El Paso yesterday."
In the shooter's manifesto, he reportedly wrote that he wanted to stop the "Hispanic invasion of Texas, adding that his bigoted beliefs "predate Trump and his campaign."
In 2017, Trump signed a resolution that condemned white supremacy.
"No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God," Trump said in a statement.
Booker said during the last Democratic Debate that Democrats are losing elections because "Russians" are suppressing "African American voters."
The New Jersey senator claimed that the alleged suppression of votes from black Americans was the reason President Donald Trump won Michigan in the 2016 election.