Maxine Waters: Escalating killings in US motivated by Trump's 'race baiting'

Maxine Waters: Escalating killings in US motivated by Trump's 'race baiting'
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California Democrat Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Best shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure MORE (D) said President Trump "cannot escape" blame for the shootings she said are motivated by his "race baiting." 

Her Sunday tweet follows two mass shootings in less than 24 hours in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 29 people dead. 

"Enough is enough. America, when are you going to demand action on guns? Another senseless mass killing by a young white nationalist. Trump, you cannot escape accepting blame for these escalating killings in our country that are motivated by your race baiting!," Walters tweeted.

The shooter accused of killing 20 people and wounding 26 more in El Paso on Saturday allegedly wrote a white nationalist manifesto ahead of the attack. 

Fellow Democrats made similar statements as Waters, claiming Trump's racist rhetoric is in part to blame for the attack. 

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE, the former El Paso city councilman and Texas congressman, said Trump is "encouraging more racism in this country."


O'Rourke also told CNN, Trump is a white nationalist, adding "this can not be open for debate." 

Fellow primary candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (D-N.J.) said Trump is "sowing seeds of hate in this country" and is "particularly responsible" for the rising hate and deadly attacks.