Trump has also been tweeting about the New York Times changing its front-page headline yesterday about the president’s Monday statement on the shootings.
The newspaper changed its headline from “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS RACISM” to “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS” between the first and second print editions.
Many critics complained that the original headline fed Trump’s narrative that those who called out his anti-immigrant rhetoric were simply playing politics. Some Times readers even threatened to cancel their subscriptions over the matter.
The president seems to be wishing the newspaper had kept its initial, misleading headline.
Trump dubiously attempts to link Dayton shooter to Sanders, Warren
Continuing to reject responsibility for how his own rhetoric has intensified anti-immigrant animus in America, Trump was on Twitter this morning trying to redirect focus away from the white nationalist El Paso shooter and toward the Dayton shooter.
A Twitter account seemingly connected to the Dayton shooter does identify him as a “leftist” and a supporter of Elizabeth Warren. But the FBI said yesterday that investigators have uncovered no evidence of a racial motivation in the Dayton attack, even though the shooter seems to have explored “violent ideologies.”
In contrast, the El Paso shooter posted an anti-immigrant screed online before targeting a city with a large Hispanic community. The shooter’s language of trying to prevent a Hispanic “invasion” also reflects the rhetoric of Trump, whose re-election campaign has paid for thousands of Facebook ads that use similar language.
In a statement yesterday, Warren’s campaign criticized efforts by Trump and his supporters to connect her to the Dayton attack as an “attempt to distract” from the “direct line” between the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and the El Paso shooter.
“There is absolutely no place for violence in our politics and Elizabeth and our campaign condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Kristen Orthman, a spokesperson for the Warren campaign, said.
“Leaders have a responsibility to speak out and to not incite violence. But let’s be clear – there is a direct line between the president’s rhetoric and the stated motivations of the El Paso shooter. This is an attempt to distract from the fact that Trump’s rhetoric is inciting violence as extremist-related murders have spiked 35 percent from 2017 to 2018.”
Biden to condemn Trump for having ‘fanned the flames of white supremacy’ in Iowa speech
Good morning, live blog readers!
Joe Bidenis set to give a speech today condemning Donald Trumpin the former vice-president’s strongest terms yet.
Following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Biden will tell an audience in Burlington, Iowa, this afternoon that Trump “has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation”, Axios reports.
“How far is it from Trump’s saying this ‘is an invasion’ to the shooter in El Paso declaring ‘his attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas?’ Not far at all,” Biden will say.
“How far is it from the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville – Trump’s ‘very fine people,’ chanting ‘You will not replace us’ – to the shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh saying Jews ‘were committing genocide to his people?’ Not far at all … In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.”
The condemnation is a noticeable shift for Biden, who avoided sweeping judgments about Trump’s own ideology in a CNN interview earlier this week. “Clearly, his actions have done nothing to do anything other than encourage this kind of behavior,” the presidential candidate toldAnderson Cooper.
But with other 2020 Democrats calling out the president by name for intensifying racism in the country, Biden has probably felt pressure to do the same, particularly given that he launched his campaign on the premise that Trump represented a fundamental threat to “the soul of this nation.”
Trump has repeatedly signaled that he wants the 2020 election to focus on issues of race and identity in America. His Democratic rivals now seem to be coalescing around a unified response: bring it on.
Here’s what else the blog is keeping its eye on today:
The president will travel to El Paso and Dayton with the first lady to meet with first responders and victims of this weekend’s two mass shootings.
Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee, will speak to the National Press Club at 1pm EDT. He is sure to be asked about Trump’s racist tweets directed at Cummings and his majority-black district in Baltimore. (Watch it here.)
Democratic presidential candidate Cory Bookerwill deliver remarks on gun violence and white nationalism at 9.30am EDT. The speech will take place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the site of the 2015 white supremacist that left nine African American parishioners dead. (Watch his remarks here.)