Kamala Harris: Trump Tweeted Plenty of 'Ammunition' for El Paso Shooting
2020 presidential candidate blames the president for shooting
Harris's comments came during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas.
Although Harris claimed that Trump wasn't directly responsible for the shooting, she asserted that the president was "tweeting out the ammunition.”
“You know people asked me in El Paso, they said — you know because I have a longstanding record on this issue — they said, ‘Well do you think Trump is responsible for what happened?'” Harris said.
“And I said, ‘Well look, I mean obviously he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition,” she added.
Harris had seemingly been gearing up to use this claim to her advantage during the debate.
Harris had used a similar claim at an anti-gun violence forum late last month, The Hill reported.
“We also need a president of the United States who understands that one of her greatest powers is to use this microphone in a way that is not about beating people down but lifting people up,” Harris said.
People ask me if Trump is responsible for El Paso — I say he may not have pulled the trigger, but he’s tweeting out the ammunition. #DemDebate— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 13, 2019
Sen Kamala Harris when people ask if trump is responsible for mass shootings— YourPresidentIsARacist (@battletested5) September 13, 2019
"Do I think trump pulled the trigger?" "No but I do think he tweeting out the ammunition."#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/NMphhrNUT4
Just when you think Kamala Harris couldn't go any lower (take that as you will 😉), she does and implies President Trump's tweeting out "the ammunition" for these mass shootings. Beyond delusional...#DemDebate #DemocraticDebate— Cody Millo (@CodyMillo) September 13, 2019
“People say to me, ‘Did Donald Trump cause those, those folks to be killed?’ Well no, of course, he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition,” Harris said.
Last month, Harris called for strict new gun laws to be introduced that will allow authorities to confiscate firearms from "racist" Americans who may be likely to spread "hate."
Sen. Harris wants a concept similar to "red flag" gun confiscation laws - that permit the removal of firearms from people considered a "danger to others or themselves"
The California senator is hoping to expand on the red flag idea with a proposal to take guns away from people suspected of being a white nationalist, who may commit a "hate crime."
Harris said she would push to "combat and disarm violent hate" from white supremacists.