America has clearly seen a rise in mass shooting perpetrated by white men with nationalist ties. The shooter in this week’s massacre in El Paso, Texas, notably left behind a manifesto explaining the reason for his actions. The fact that the shooter referred to migrants as invaders of Texas, was linked by some to Donald Trump.
CNN Host, Christiane Amanpour brought up the connection today in an interview with Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway. The exchange became fiery once Amanpour asked Conway if Trump would tone down his “invasion” rhetoric.
The host asked the President’s special adviser would attempt to “restrict his Twitter use.” She also mentioned his rhetoric both in his recent comments about Baltimore as well as the invasion rhetoric.
Conway responded by attacking CNN. She told Amanpour, “Your network insisted this president would not come out and denounce racism, white supremacy, bigotry, call this evil, call him a monster.” The host replied, “This is a simple question. Will he then not say those things on the air, on Twitter, on social media again?”
The adviser to the President became touchy about Trump being connected to the El Paso murderer. Amanpour responded, “Oh, come on, you know I didn’t do that. I’m asking about his words.”
Conway again swiped at CNN, saying, “I heard a lot of words on your network and others the last couple days.”
The President has announced his intentions to visit both El Paso and Dayton. Beto O’Rourke, who once represented El Paso in congress, said, “We need to heal. He has no place here.”
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