President faces protests as he spends day at sites of mass shootings in Texas and Dayton, Ohio
Donald Trump arrived in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to the victims of one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history.
But the president was met with calls to stay away, as hundreds of residents gathered in the citys Washington Park, mere streets from the US-Mexico border, to denounce him.With much of the presidents own rhetoric reflected in the El Paso shooters anti-immigrant and racist manifesto, many felt that the visit was throwing salt into the wound of a binational, largely Latinx community in mourning.
The first thing out of his mouth better be an apology, said David Stout, the county commissioner of El Paso. I doubt it will be.
Standing under the sweltering sun, protesters held signs reading Trump is a racist and Protect our kids, not the NRA. Volunteers passed out water and registered people to vote.
Today, we must come together and say, Donald Trump, your racism, your hatred, your bigotry are not welcome here, Adri Perez of the El Paso ACLU said to the crowd. We must turn our grief into anger and our anger into action.
The mood was somber yet resolute. Some got choked up when talking about the shooting, but joined in strong when the crowd broke out in chants of Go away, Trump and send him back.
Were grieving, said Barbara Canchola, 74. We wont want a photo-op with him. He doesnt get how he contributed to all this.
She continued: His motto is make America great. I think its make America hate and we are just not a community of hate.
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