The Democratic presidential candidates have hammered President Donald Trump over his response to the two deadly mass shootings that took place over the weekend.
Although Trump condemned "racism, bigotry and white supremacy," in his remarks Monday morning, he blamed the shootings on "mentally ill monsters" and violent video games. The president also sparked criticism with a proposal he made earlier in the day to enact strong background checks on gun purchases and to tie that legislation to immigration reform.
Sen Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted:
"The president is weak. And wrong. White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. tweeted:
"'Mental illness & hate pulls trigger, not the gun' is President's dodge to avoid truth: there's mental illness&hate throughout world, but U.S. stands alone w/high rate of gun violence. When someone can kill 9 people in a minute, that gun should never have been sold. Action!"
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro tweeted:
"Donald Trump is unfit to lead our nation. His words could not be more hollow. He says 'we must condemn racism, bigotry, and white nationalism' — but often serves as their national spokesperson."
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio wrote:
"We're facing an epidemic caused by white supremacy and easy access to military-grade weapons. The truth is plain as day. Open your eyes and grow a damn spine, @realDonaldTrump."
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