Trump Travels To El Paso And Dayton Today

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He will meet with first responders, but only because his handlers are smart enough not to get him within feet of any victims, especially in El Paso where he is not liked for his rhetoric. As for Dayton….

Right. It would be embarrassing if they cussed him out to his face.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the El Paso area, and her predecessor in that seat, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, have both publicly asked Trump not to visit the city while it’s still grieving 22 murders committed by a white supremacist Trump supporter. 

A petition coming from “the nurses, physicians, and medical staff who have cared for those injured and killed in the terrorist attack on our community” called on the hospital Trump will be visiting to reject his visit, because “Given President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, we believe that a visit to our medical campus will be harmful for both the families affected and medical teams caring for those families.”

So there’s that. And last night Trump, shortly after calling for unity against racism, broke his own words:

He’s leaving the White House as I type this, and having a gaggle with reporters:

He may as well say, “I don’t like his methods, but the killer had a point.” Awful, reprehensible, totally predictable.

Meanwhile, the whole country has a mild form of unsettling PTSD, as this happened last night.

People ran into theaters. Hamilton and To Kill A Mockingbird had to stop their shows temporarily.

There was also panic at a Baton Rouge, LA Walmart.

Oh, and not for nothing, the Dow Jones, which fell 767 points on Monday, regained 311 points yesterday. And today after opening one hour ago? It’s down 450 points.

UPDATE –The Dayton Daily News reports:

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited victims today from Sunday’s mass shooting in the Oregon District. “You had God watching. I want you to know we’re with you all the way,” Trump said to one of the victims, according to Press Secretary Stephanie Graham.

Media was not allowed to be with the president and first lady as they visited victims. “We will be meeting with first responders, law enforcement and some of the victims,” President Trump said Wednesday.

When asked about comments Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and political leaders in Texas made about his “rhetoric” on guns, the president said “they are trying to make political points.” Trump spoke to Whaley as he got off of Air Force One at the base. The mayor and Sen. Sherrod Brown plan to talk about the visit later today.

There’s some disagreement about how the Dayton visit went. We’ll probably never know, since the press was permitted to be there.

Sherrod Brown did say this though…

Trump is due to arrive in El Paso around 3pm EDT.

Jesus. He just left one group of victims and is going to where another place where 22 people were killed. And THIS is what is on his mind?

Anywqy, this is what the President was referring to:

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who is running for president, criticized President Trump’s response to the shootings this week, saying the President has “fanned the flames of white supremacy.”

“His low energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week. I don’t believe fooled anyone at home or abroad. The energetic embrace of this President by the darkest hearts and most hate-filled minds in this country say it all,” Biden told supporters today.

Biden went on to explain why he thinks Trump “encourages and emboldens” hate.

“How far is it from Trump saying this is an invasion to the shooter in El Paso declaring, ‘This attack is a response to the hispanic invasion of Texas?’ How far apart are those comments? How far is it from white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Trump’s very fine people chanting, ‘You will replace us’ to the shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, saying, ‘We’re committing genocide,’ ‘Jews are committing genocide on his people.’ I don’t think it’s that far at all. 

He continued: “It’s both clear language and in code, this President has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.”

Four pictures probably taken within 30 seconds of each other

Trump was there for an hour.