Vibora (Deborah) Anchondo is grieving the loss of her brother and sister-in-law who were killed as a crazed gunman went on the rampage in a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday, Aug.3. They were killed shielding their 2-month-old son from the gunfire, and when Vibora Anchondo learned President Trump was coming to El Paso to pay his respects, she found comfort in that thought.
Her anger was ignited when she discovered some Democrats from El Paso were objecting to the president’s visit, using the visit as a part of their political agenda, and she took to Facebook to voice her feelings.
“It’s such a shame that two of our local politicians (I refuse to say their names as they don’t deserve it) are saying that our President is not welcome on Wednesday,” Anchondo wrote on Facebook.
“I cannot believe how these monsters are using the tragic event to push their political agenda. I lost my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday. My family and I are living a horrible nightmare. The visit from our President will be more than comforting to my family. He will not be here for a political agenda.”
“The two monsters from El Paso, who do not deserve to be mentioned by name nor even the nicknames I have for them, are just pure evil. My brother’s body was still laying at Walmart on Saturday night when they decided to make this into a political issue and push their agenda by blaming our President for this. Rather than focusing on the situation and the individual who destroyed the lives of many, these evil people selfishly turned this into a political war. I’m equally as angered by those two as I am with the person who took my brother and his wife from me, typing this I think I feel more animosity towards those two evil politicians.” – Deborah
The Democrats who openly voiced their opinions on the president’s visit were not named by Anchondo, but here are their statements Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke tweeted: “This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso. We do not need more division,” he added. “We need to heal. He has no place here.”
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), the current congresswoman for El Paso, told MSNBC on Monday that Trump “is not welcome” in the city while it is mourning the loss of its people, “I hope that he has the self-awareness to understand that we are in pain and we are mourning and we’re doing our very best … to continue to be resilient,” she said. “And so I would ask his staff and his team to consider the fact that his words and his actions have played a role in this.”
Escobar told CNN on Tuesday that she was refusing to join the president during his visit, “I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit,” said Escobar. “I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the president saying, “He goes trying to help heal communities, meeting with those who are injured, those loved ones who have survived, the innocents who have lost their lives so senselessly and tragically,” she told reporters on Tuesday. “He meets with local law enforcement, federal law enforcement. He meets with medical professionals. He thanks first responders.”
“So you see what he’s done in the past and you can see that he will continue to do that as the president,” she added.