Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, is a social issue, not a political one.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mulvaney lamented that the blame for the shootings in Texas and Ohio on Saturday are being laid at the feet of President Donald Trump.
“Did anyone blame [Vermont independent Sen.] Bernie Sanders for the congressional baseball game shooting?” he asked. “I don't think so. Did anyone blame [New York Democratic Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the crazy guy who tried to blow up the [U.S. Department of Homeland Security] office in Washington state, taking I think a homemade bomb and an AR-15 to shoot up what he called a concentration camp, the exact same rhetoric that AOC was using?
“There's no benefit here to try to make this a political issue. This is a social issue and we need to address it as that,” he asserted.
Mulvaney said the president is “angry” and “upset” about the shootings.
“This is a serious problem. There's no question about it. But they are sick, sick people and the president knows that,” he said, adding, “I don't think it's fair to try and lay this at the feet of the president. There are people in this country this morning thinking that President Trump was happy by this. That's a sad, sad state of this nation. He's angry. He's upset. He wants it to stop.”
“The challenge of course is trying to identify who is sick when they try and buy their weapons and that's the type of discussion we have to have,” he added.
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