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Former president Barack Obama is the latest Democrat to join the voices from the left blaming President Trump for the recent shootings in Ohio and Texas.
Oblivious or ignorant of the facts that the Texas shooter stated he was not committing the act because of Trump and that the Ohio shooter was actually a liberal socialist Elizabeth Warren shooter, Democrats, especially the ones vying for the nomination of their party to run against Trump in 2020, have refused to look at the real issues behind what motivates horrible mass shootings, instead choosing the easier option to just blame Trump, which seems to be their go-to tactic if you’ve watched any of the Democrat debates!
Though he didn’t directly state Trump by name as the cause of the shootings, Obama echoed similar sentiment when, in a letter he wrote and shaerd on Twitter, the former American president called upon the American people to “soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear or hatred or normalizes racial sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life…”
Read the letter shared by Obama here:
President Trump ripped Obama and forced him to face the facts that underneath his presidency there were 32 mass shootings in this response tweet:
News of Obama's reaction to the mass shootings and Trump's brilliant response started spreading around the internet like wildfire after he shared that tweet.
Take a look at what people are saying about it on Twitter:
The Hill has more to say about Obama's reaction to the mass shootings:
Former President Obama on Monday called for action in response to back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend and urged Americans to "soundly reject" leaders who feed "a climate of fear and hatred."
The former president issued a lengthy statement after more than 30 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He did not name any specific leaders, but his comments amounted to an implicit rebuke of President Trump.
“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred and normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people," Obama said in the statement.
He noted that the rhetoric is not new, but that it "has no place in our politics and our public life.”
“It’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally," Obama said.
Obama urged law enforcement and internet platforms to limit the influence of hate groups, observing that the El Paso gunman followed a similar pattern to other mass shooters in that he "embraced racist ideologies" and may have been radicalized “by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the internet."
The former president also addressed the sense of apathy toward enacting stricter gun laws, arguing that the U.S. deals with more mass shootings than other developed nations and that some restrictions will at least limit the frequency of the massacres.
"We are not helpless here," Obama said. "And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening."
Politico commented on Trump's response to Obama:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked former President Barack Obama over the latter's statement on the weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, tweeting edited quotes from Fox News hosts to make his point and again claiming he is “the least racist person” in the world.
“‘Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control,'” Trump tweeted. “'Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.' @kilmeade @foxandfriends”
Trump’s message was a distillation of a sentiment “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed on-air shortly after 6 a.m. The president followed up that tweet with another post paraphrasing a comment from Kilmeade’s morning show colleague, Ainsley Earhardt.
“‘It’s political season and the election is around the corner. They want to continue to push that racist narrative.’ @ainsleyearhardt @foxandfriends,” Trump continued. “And I am the least racist person. Black, Hispanic and Asian Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!”
Obama on Monday afternoon lamented the violence that transpired Saturday morning in El Paso, Texas, and early Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio, which left at least 31 people dead and dozens more injured.
In his statement, Obama called on Americans to “soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.” The former president did not mention Trump or any other politician by name.