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



This needs to stop:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE called on the country to condemn white supremacy this morning during his remarks on the weekend's shootings.

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."


And blamed mental illness: Trump argued that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun." 

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."

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."

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 Karni


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!"



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."



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!"

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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.



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.

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.

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."



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."

What to know about the victims: Here is a list of the names and stories of the victims in El Paso, Texas:

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



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.

What we know about the victims:



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. That includes Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.). 

Republicans had a range of responses: Here are a few: 

Reactions from 2020 candidates:

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:

Check out the front pages of the newspapers in Ohio this morning:

Wow: From presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas):



Feel better!:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) fractured his shoulder over the weekend after tripping at home on his patio.

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 Trump

For example: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality House Democrats call on DOJ to investigate recent killings of unarmed black people  Gun control group rolls out House endorsements 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.



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.

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." 



You can never fully escape:



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.



10 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks on the mass shootings over the weekend. Livestream:

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



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.