For the first time since May, immigration has been displaced at the top of minds by another news topic: gun violence, Axios reported Wednesday.
The NewsWhip tracker monitors 2020 political candidates and points of emphasis on social media, scouring for keywords of candidates like "Joe Biden," "president," "2020," "election," or "primary," etc.
"The emotional intensity of gun violence makes it a topic that generates ferocious debate and calls for action on social media after a high-profile event," Axios wrote. "Yet the activism is cyclical, and the issue has yet to be a defining issue in elections."
Gun violence was third the previous week, before whipping past immigration and foreign policy as three times more interactive on social media. Trade was another fast riser on the list.
The heated Democratic presidential primary debate topic of healthcare appears just ninth, and that is after a two-slot bump.
President Donald Trump called out his critics who have issued public blame for his rhetoric as causes for this past weekend's mass murders.
"These are people looking for political gain," President Trump told reporters before departing for El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. "I don't think they're getting it."
"We've been getting hit left and right from everybody," he added. "They're trying to make political points. I don't think it works. I would like to stay out of the political fray.
"I don't blame Elizabeth Warren and I don't blame Bernie Sanders in the case of Ohio. These are sick people."
Here are the top 10 topics for the week ending Aug. 4, per Axios and NewsWhip.
- Guns – 28.3M interactions.
- Immigration – 9.8M.
- Foreign policy – 9.3M.
- Social issues – 6.3M.
- Economy – 4.1M.
- Trade – 3.0M.
- Climate change – 3.0M.
- Courts and electoral issues – 2.6M.
- Healthcare – 2.4M.
- Finance – 2.2M.
"Unlike most other hot-button political topics, most of the stories that went the farthest about the weekend shootings were straightforward breaking news headlines without partisan tilt," Axios reported. "Accounts of heroism were the genre of non-breaking news that generated the most interactions."
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