The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets 'mental illness and hatred' in response to El Paso

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets 'mental illness and hatred' in response to El Paso

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump calls for action against 'mental illness and hatred' after back-to-back mass shootings | Urges nation to condemn white supremacy | Trump mistakenly refers to shooting in Toledo | 2020 Dems criticize response | Democrats demand Senate returns | Schumer seeks vote on background check bill | El Paso death toll rises to 21 | Dayton crowd chants 'do something' at GOP governor | McConnell recovering from fractured shoulder | House Dems struggle to strike balance on impeachment | National Oyster Day | DC pug skateboards

  

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THIS MORNING

This needs to stop:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE called on the country to condemn white supremacy this morning during his remarks on the weekend's shootings. http://bit.ly/2yGuJtS

In Trump's words: "The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed with racist hate. ... In one voice, our nation must condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated."

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And blamed mental illness: Trump argued that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun."  http://bit.ly/2yCb1iV 

Whoops: Trump mistakenly named the location of the Ohio shooting as Toledo, not Dayton. Trump said: "May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families." http://bit.ly/2yH5ZkY

Trump called on the DOJ to work with social media companies: Trump ordered the Department of Justice to work with social media companies to identify potential mass shooters. In Trump's words: "We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start. The perils of the internet and social media cannot be ignored and they will not be ignored." http://bit.ly/2OF9q6L

Keep in mind -- How Trump's remarks this morning differed from his tweets: "Nothing about what he floated on Twitter this morning, re the non-starter of pairing immigration reform with background checks. Or blaming the media." (From The New York Times's Annie Karnihttp://bit.ly/2OJ6xSg

 

Flashback to earlier this morning -- Trump suggested tying background check legislation to immigration reform:

President Trump proposed combining background checks on guns with immigration reform as a legislative compromise. He tweeted: "Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying ... this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!" http://bit.ly/2OGPn82

 

REACTION FROM REP. TIM RYAN (D-OHIO):

Ryan, a presidential candidate, called Trump's reaction "an absolute freaking joke." Ryan said on CNN's "New Day" from Dayton: "That's an absolute freaking joke that he's going to tie this to the most polarizing issue happening in the United States today around immigration reform.

"This is very clear cut: there are people getting access to guns that shouldn't be and the guns are high powered, the magazines hold too many bullets." http://bit.ly/2OCqM42

 

TRUMP ALSO GAVE A SHOUTOUT TO THE 'FAKE NEWS':

The president tweeted, "The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!" http://bit.ly/2OHtbdZ

It's Monday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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BREAKING

The El Paso death toll increased by one:

The El Paso Police Department just tweeted that another victim of Saturday's shooting passed away this morning. The death toll has now risen to 21. http://bit.ly/2OGmo4a

  

TALK OF THE MORNING

A gut-wrenching weekend for the nation:

At least 20 people were killed and dozens were injured when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. https://cnn.it/2yAo2cL

And less than 24 hours after the attack, another nine people were killed and 27 more were injured in Dayton, Ohio, when a gunman wearing body armor opened fire in an entertainment district. https://cbsn.ws/2yIlsBe

The New York Times put it well: "In a country that has become nearly numb to men with guns opening fire in schools, at concerts and in churches, the back-to-back bursts of gun violence in less than 24 hours were enough to leave the public stunned and shaken. The shootings ground the 2020 presidential campaign to a halt, reignited a debate on gun control and called into question the increasingly angry words directed at immigrants on the southern border in recent weeks by right-wing pundits and President Trump." https://nyti.ms/2yFcLrv

  

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS SHOOTING:

Victims: 20 people were killed and more than two dozen people were injured.  

The suspect: The 21-year-old suspect, Patrick Crusius, is in police custody. He reportedly wrote a manifesto that appeared online minutes before the shooting in which he described a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." https://nyti.ms/2OFg0tM

What to know about the victims: Here is a list of the names and stories of the victims in El Paso, Texas: http://bit.ly/2yGr7YC

This is a heart-rending story: "A mother died shielding her infant in El Paso. The father died shielding them both, family says." https://wapo.st/2yFqnTS

  

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OHIO SHOOTING:

Victims: Nine people were killed, and 27 people were injured. 

The suspect: The suspect, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was killed by police. Betts allegedly killed his 22-year-old sister and eight others. http://bit.ly/2OHuxFr

What we know about the victims: http://bit.ly/2OCJk45

  

A FEW REACTIONS:

Democrats are calling for the Senate to return: Democrats want the Senate to return during August recess to vote on the background checks bill that the Democratic-controlled House passed in July. http://bit.ly/2yDHcyj That includes Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-N.Y.). http://bit.ly/2yDeXQb 

Republicans had a range of responses: Here are a few: http://bit.ly/2OCSYnj 

Reactions from 2020 candidates: http://bit.ly/2yFZsag

Crowd chants during a vigil in downtown Dayton: As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) took the stage at a vigil in Dayton, Ohio, several people in the crowd began chanting "do something." Some people even booed when DeWine said, "My heart goes out to the victims." Watch: http://bit.ly/2OJ0LQG

Check out the front pages of the newspapers in Ohio this morning: http://bit.ly/2OPzFYm

Wow: From presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkePoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Authorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang MORE (D-Texas):

  

IN CONGRESS

Feel better!:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE (R-Ky.) fractured his shoulder over the weekend after tripping at home on his patio. http://bit.ly/2yG7Czn

From McConnell spokesman David Popp: "He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville." 

 

Have your cake and eat it, too:

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers and Mike Lillis, House Democratic leaders are trying to have it both ways when it comes to impeaching President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2yG0HWY

For example: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday MORE (D-N.Y.) outlined how his committee would push forward with impeachment. But at the same time, Nadler said his committee is not considering a formal resolution on an impeachment inquiry.

  

HAPPENING TODAY

The Florida mail bomber will be sentenced:

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who was convicted of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs last fall, is facing sentencing today. https://cbsloc.al/2yGazjr

What to expect: "U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff will order 57-year-old Sayoc to serve at least 10 years in prison, the mandatory minimum required by his plea to 65 charges, including 16 counts each of using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of an explosive, threatening interstate communications and illegal mailing of explosives." 

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

You can never fully escape:

   

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out for the month. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable to discuss China.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

10 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks on the mass shootings over the weekend. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2OIPmjK

9–11 p.m. EDT: MSNBC is hosting a two-hour special on gun violence, domestic terrorism and hate in America. 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Oyster Day.

 

And because I need to share with all of my friends, here's a dog I met over the weekend in D.C. who skateboards on command. Seriously. http://bit.ly/2yCviEU