Bernie Sanders says Trump should 'stay away' from El Paso

Bernie Sanders says Trump should 'stay away' from El Paso
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.) joined his fellow presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), in saying 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 should “stay away from El Paso,” Texas, following a mass shooting in the city that left 22 dead and dozens of others injured.

“I agree with Beto,” Sanders told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah on Tuesday. “It gives me no pleasure to say this, but we do have a president who is an overt racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who thinks that he can win votes by demonizing one group of people or another.”

 

Police have tied the suspect in the shooting to a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, in which the author rails against what he calls a Hispanic “invasion.”

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“There is no question in my mind that [Trump’s] anti-immigrant sentiment and his racism create a climate where unstable people are capable of doing horrific deeds, as we saw in El Paso,” Sanders said.

“If the president is serious about wanting to do something, he should stay away from El Paso, and what he should do right now is end this anti-immigrant rhetoric, his racist rhetoric,” Sanders added, citing Trump telling four progressive minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries.

Several other Democratic presidential candidates have also accused Trump, who has also used “invasion” rhetoric in relation to immigrants, of contributing to the climate that led to the shooting, most notably O’Rourke, who left the campaign trail to return to his hometown following the massacre.

Trump lashed out at O’Rourke Wednesday morning in response, tweeting that he “should respect the victims & law enforcement - & be quiet!" Trump is scheduled to visit both El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, the site of a separate shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning that killed nine, on Wednesday.