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 SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.) joined his fellow presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), in saying President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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.