31 people were killed in two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, with one of those shootings motivated by white supremacy. These killings occurred just before the 7th anniversary of the Oak Creek mass shooting, where a white supremacist killed 6 people in a Sikh temple. While the public debates guns and mental health and everything else (all legitimate areas of debate), we want to draw attention to the hateful political rhetoric that has emboldened violent white supremacists to act on their hatred. While the President did condemn white supremacy in his statement on the shootings, that statement is at odds with his rhetoric over the years: from suggesting ‘very fine people’ were among the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, to proclaiming that four women of color in Congress should ‘go back’ to the ‘crime infested places from which they came,’ and beyond. At present, the President’s re-election campaign has run over 2,000 political ads on Facebook using the term ‘invasion’ with respect to immigration, language that the El Paso shooter himself allegedly invoked. This is what has to be called out by every American who values unity and stability in our country.

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