Texas Democrat: Victims wounded in El Paso shooting said tell Trump not to visit

A Texas lawmaker told MSNBC on Tuesday that victims of the deadly Saturday shooting in El Paso, Texas, told her from their hospital beds to instruct President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE to not visit the city.

In an interview on "All In with Chris Hayes," Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarEl Paso shooting survivor deported to Mexico after traffic stop House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE (D-Texas), who represents the city in Congress, told Hayes that several survivors of the shooting volunteered the anti-Trump sentiment unprompted during her discussions with them.


"This community is full of hope and resilience and beauty," Escobar told Hayes. "But the other thing that I heard, Chris, totally unsolicited, from victims still in the hospital as they'd grabbed my arm and tell me, 'Tell [Trump] not to come here.'"

"The words he's used to dehumanize us ... they have a consequence," she continued, adding that the president was making Hispanic Americans feel as if they are not really American.

Escobar's comments came after the president gave a special 10-minute address to the nation on Sunday following the shooting in El Paso and another deadly mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which occurred within hours of each other. The address did not include a pledge to visit the two cities, but El Paso's mayor said Monday at a news conference that Trump planned to visit the city Wednesday.

On Twitter, Escobar added that she was informed in her discussions with the White House that Trump was "too busy" for a discussion with her about his rhetoric aimed at Hispanic communities.

"I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit. I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country," she added.

Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE (D-Texas), who previously represented the city in Congress and as mayor pro tem before announcing his presidential bid earlier this year, tweeted Monday that the president should not visit.

Democrats including O'Rourke have blamed Trump's incendiary rhetoric aimed at Hispanic immigrants for Saturday's shooting, arguing that the suspected shooter's manifesto mirrored much of the president's own arguments.

"We need to heal," O'Rourke tweeted. "He has no place here."