O'Rourke says Trump should not visit El Paso in wake of shooting

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) said he doesn't think that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE is welcome in El Paso in the wake of a deadly shooting that left at least 22 dead.

“This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday's tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso,” he tweeted Monday. “We do not need more division. We need to heal. He has no place here.” 

 

O’Rourke’s comments came after the Texas congresswoman who represents El Paso on Monday said Trump is not welcome in her district as the community mourns the death of the shooting victims.

“From my perspective he [Trump] is not welcome here. He should not come here while we are in mourning,” Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Michigan governor to give Democratic response to Trump State of the Union address The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Texas) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.

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The suspected El Paso shooter allegedly wrote a white nationalist manifesto ahead of his attack in the area near the U.S.-Mexico border, and many Democrats have pointed to the president's rhetoric as encouraging violence.

Escobar said it is “probably unfair” to say the shooter came to El Paso because Trump held a February rally in the city, but she said Trump needs to reflect on his words and actions at rallies that could be inciting violent attacks such as the shooting.

Another mass shooting occurred within one day of the El Paso massacre when a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine.

Several 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial MORE (D-Mass.), have also called for action to end gun violence after the mass shootings.