On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, gave condolences to the victims of the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Trump has faced protests after the dreadful shootings that his rhetoric on race has fueled extremism but he did not stop criticizing the opponents.
Trump went to El Paso where last weekend 22 innocent people were murdered at a Walmart heavily frequented by customers by a self-declared white supremacist. In a hospital over there he flew with his wife Melania where he spent an hour with staff and victims. Before that he visited the city’s emergency operation centre to meet with police.
Protesters gathered in the streets screaming, “Go home. You are NOT welcome here!” and “Trump hatred, racism not welcome here”.
The same kind condition faced Trump at an earlier stop in Dayton, Ohio, the place where another mass shooting happened over the weekend killing nine people. In both the cities, pro-Trump protesters came to the streets expressing the sense of division in the country ahead of next year’s election.
Trump was mostly kept away from the journalists but while being asked about his experience about the end of two-day long trip, the Republican president said he had an “amazing day”. He also admired the “heroes” who confronted the killers
Trump appeared before the cameras to reignite his opponents who accuse him of racism and who had argued against him visiting either Ohio or Texas. “They shouldn’t be politicking today,” he said.
“The love, the respect for the office of the presidency, it was — I wish you could there to see it,” he told reporters. In Dayton Trump told the shooting survivors that “you had God watching. I want you to know we’re with you all the way.”
Trump has passionately denied any racism but his choice of language, linking Hispanic migrants to murder, rape and invasion, is widely seen.