Biden to link Trump to El Paso shooting, saying president ‘has fanned the flames of white supremacy’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden in a speech on Wednesday is expected to link President Trump to the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, saying the president has “fanned the flames of white supremacy.” 

“How far is it from Trump’s saying this ‘is an invasion’ to the shooter in El Paso declaring his attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas? Not far at all,” he will say in Burlington, Iowa, according to excerpts released Wednesday morning.

”In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” he is expected to add.

Biden’s comments come as Trump is facing widespread condemnation for his rhetoric, which some say has contributed to the mass shooting over the weekend in El Paso that left at least 22 people dead.{mosads}

The suspected El Paso shooter allegedly wrote a white nationalist manifesto ahead of his attack near the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Trump offers no moral leadership; no interest in unifying the nation, no evidence the presidency has awakened his conscience in the least,” Biden is expected to say on Wednesday. “Instead we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism and division.”

Biden will add that Trump saying neo-Nazis and white supremacists are “very fine people,” quoting the president’s 2017 remarks after the Charlottesville, Va., riots, is “not far at all from the shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh saying Jews ‘were committing genocide to his people.’”

Trump on Monday called on the nation to condemn white supremacy and threw his support behind new measures aimed at addressing mental illness, rather than imposing stricter gun laws.

The president on Wednesday is scheduled to travel to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, the scene of another deadly shooting over the weekend.

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