Trump Condemns White Supremacy in Wake of El Paso Shooting

'Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul'

August 5, 2019

President Donald Trump condemned white supremacy in the wake of shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend during a speech on Monday morning.

"The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul," Trump said.

The president also called for bipartisan solutions to gun violence.

"We can and will stop this evil contagion. In that task, we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solutions. We have to do that in a bipartisan manner that will truly make America safer and better for all," Trump said.

Trump said he is directing the Department of Justice "to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike," and called for stopping the glorification of violence, including in video games.

The president also called for addressing mental health issues and ensuring perpetrators of hate crimes face the death penalty.

"America will rise to the challenge. We will always have and we always will win. The choice is ours and ours alone. It is not up to mentally ill monsters, it is up to us. If we are able to pass great legislation after all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain," Trump continued.

Over the weekend, a shooter killed or wounded more than 40 people at a Walmart in El Paso. An 8chan post believed to have been written by the suspect said his attack was "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas."

Less than a day later, a shooter killed or wounded more than 20 people in Dayton.