Under ordinary circumstances, most cities would welcome a visit from a president bearing a message of unity after a tragedy like the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, but with President Donald Trump, that won't likely be the case, as it's "too late for him not to be a white nationalist," presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Tuesday.
"When you're a mayor and something like this happens in your community your focus is on bringing people together and on taking care of those who have been impacted," Buttigieg told CNN's "New Day." "The problem is we have a president right now part of the problem and is incapable of bringing people together. This morning he's on Twitter doing the exact opposite."
What Trump could do is refrain from "divisive and politicizing rhetoric" and focus on taking action, said Buttigieg.
Americans are tired of the "handwringing" said Buttigieg, who Tuesday outlined his plan for combatting domestic terrorism through a post on Medium.com.
"We need a billion more dollars to go into domestic terrorists and violent extremism," Buttigieg told CNN. "We know there needs to be gun reform in this country and there's a lot of things we can do to knit back the social fabric so frayed in this country."
Buttigieg said he'd also propose having more resources for city and state officials to get a handle on gun violence issues.
"We also, of course, have to enact these common-sense gun reforms, the things we talk about all day but Washington hasn't delivered," said Buttigieg, "and we need political reforms to make it happen."
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