Two shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, appear to be motivated by opposite sides of the political spectrum.
El Paso, Texas
With 20 dead and dozens more injured, the shooting in El Paso appears to be motivated by racist and anti-immigrant beliefs.
Federal authorities are treating the case as an act of domestic terrorism and are considering bringing federal hate crime charges against the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.
Crusius posted a manifesto online before the shooting that included anti-immigrant rhetoric. The attack took place near the U.S.-Mexico border, many of the victims were Hispanic, and three of the dead were citizens of Mexico.
David French, a conservative writer for National Review, responded, “I remember being told to chill out about the alt-right. It was just memes. It was just trolling. It was just trying to trigger the libs. Then it was a terror attack in Charlottesville. Then it was manifestos. Then it was massacres. Burn it down. This is a defining moment.”
In a Facebook post, El Paso Sheriff Richard Wiles wrote in part, “This Anglo man came here to kill Hispanics. I’m outraged and you should be too. This entire nation should be outraged. In this day and age, with all the serious issues we face, we are still confronted with people who will kill another for the sole reason of the color of their skin.
“I fear things will not get better. Not pointing out anyone in particular, but I’m sick of people jumping in front of the cameras offering prayers and condolences as things just keep getting worse.”
Many Democrats, especially those running to challenge Trump in 2020, argued that President Donald Trump played a role in motivating the crime.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Trump was “particularly responsible” for the shooting, in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“In my faith, you have this idea that you reap what you sow, and he is sowing seeds of hatred in this country, this harvest of hate violence that we are seeing right now lies at his feet. There is a complicity in the president’s hatred that undermines the goodness and decency of Americans,” he added.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Napp Nazworth