Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) said on Monday, Aug. 5, President Donald Trump is not welcome in her city following a recent mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart last weekend.
“It is shocking to me that President Trump is so utterly self-aware, and this is why, from my perspective, he is not welcome here. He should not come here while we are in mourning,” Escobar told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.
The shooting occurred on Saturday afternoon at a Walmart in El Paso, a city that has been in the national spotlight in recent months amid controversy over conditions of a nearby detention facility.
The suspect who now is in custody is believed to have posted a manifesto online before opening fire, warning of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Investigators are considering hate crime as one of the key motives.
Escobar joined some 2020 Democratic candidates in placing some of the blame for the weekend’s tragedy at President Trump’s feet.
“I heard Mika earlier mention that violence increased – statistically, violence went up, hate crimes went up – in communities where Trump had held rallies. He came into one of the safest communities in the nation, and as a result – or maybe not as a result. That is probably unfair. But months later, a gunman came into our community,” she said, referring to the president’s rally in El Paso held in February.
The congresswoman recently made headlines for speaking out against the president’s immigration policies. Last month, House Democrat voted a sweeping bill proposed by Escobar that would overhaul the president’s migrant detention policies. The bill faced hurdles to pass the House as it exposed the Democratic party’s struggle to unite behind immigration issues.
Early July, Escobar reportedly send her staff to Mexico’s northern border to find migrants returned from El Paso and coach them to exploit an asylum loophole.
In a statement on mass shootings released on Monday morning, President Trump called for “real, bipartisan solutions” to making “America safer and better for all,” saying, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
President Trump is expected to visit El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday, Aug. 7.