Castro: Trump 'made a choice to divide people' for his 'political benefit'

Castro: Trump 'made a choice to divide people' for his 'political benefit'
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Democratic presidential candidate Julian CastroJulian CastroObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Saagar Enjeti: The real story behind Biden's 'Corn Pop' tale Judiciary Committee chairman Nadler dismisses Kavanaugh impeachment calls MORE on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE created the environment that led to the shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 20 people and left two dozen more wounded.

"There's one person that's directly responsible for the shooting in El Paso and that's the shooter. At the same time, as our national leader, you have a role to play in either fanning the flames of division or trying to bring Americans of different backgrounds together," the former San Antonio, Texas mayor said on ABC's "This Week."
 
"Most presidents have chosen to bring people together," he added. "This president very early on made the choice to divide people for his own political benefit and these are some of the consequences we're seeing of that."
 
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The El Paso Walmart that was targeted was in a heavily Hispanic American community and was also a destination for many who cross the border from Mexico to go shopping. A manifesto reportedly posted online by the shooter, who was not from El Paso, was filled with racist and hate-filled speech about immigration in America and in Texas in particular.
 
Castro said on Sunday that the shooting "certainly looks like a hate crime."
 
 
Just hours after the shooting in El Paso, at least nine people were killed in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
 
Castro also called for stronger gun laws, pointing out that the Walmart shooting happened in a state with a strong gun culture and laws that allow guns in many public places.
 
"The shooter knew he was walking into a situation where a lot of folks there could be carrying a weapon," he said. "That didn't stop him. The answer is not more guns."