Leveraging Tragedy: A Montage of Democratic Candidates Calling Out President Trump
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Democrats are never so happy as when they're politicizing a tragedy and blaming President Trump for a failure to make meaningful progress on issues that pre-date the Obama Administration.
Last weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton prompted several 2020 Democrat presidential candidates to place the blame for the horrific tragedies on Donald Trump's so-called "hateful rhetoric" - the left's go-to excuse for the entirety of society's woes.
Senator Cory Booker: “There is complicity in the president’s hatred that undermines the goodness and the decency of Americans regardless of what party. To say nothing in a time of rising hatred, it’s not enough to say that ‘I’m not a hate monger myself.’ If you are not actively working against hate, calling it out, you are complicit in what is going on.”
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Confronting white nationalist terrorism would be embarrassing for a president who “helped stoke many of these feelings in this country to begin with. At best, he’s condoning and encouraging white nationalism."
Senator Kamala Harris: “We have a president of the United States who has chosen to use his words in a way that have been about selling hate and division among us."
Senator Bernie Sanders: “I say to President Trump, please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence that we see.”
Beto O'Rourke: “We’ve got to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing. There’s an environment of it in the United States. We see it on Fox News, we see it on the internet. But we also see it from our commander in chief and he is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it.”