President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Aug. 6, announced that he will travel to the scenes of the two weekend mass shootings by tomorrow, in spite of Democrats’ warning to stay away.

“Will be going to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, tomorrow to meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings,” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso made it clear that the president was not welcome in her hometown as it mourned. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who was an El Paso congressman for six years, also said Trump should stay away.

Escobar tweeted that the White House had invited her to join Trump during his visit but she’ll attend a rally instead that organizers said will confront the president and white supremacy while calling for gun control.

Beto O’Rourke also 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. We need to heal. He has no place here.”

However, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said, “The president’s the president of all the people and what he wants to do is go to these communities and grieve with them, pray with them, offer condolences and quite frankly offer thank you and appreciation to those who are first responders.”

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham also tweeted on Tuesday, “Tomorrow will be about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions. President Trump is a true leader doing what’s right for this nation.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway recounted visits Trump has made to grieving communities after mass shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas.

“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,” Conway said.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said at a press conference late Monday, “This is not a political visit as he had before, and he is president of the United States. So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso to be with the president and discuss whatever our needs are in this community and hope that if we are expressing specifics, that we can get him to come through for us.”

El Paso opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend’s mass shooting at a Walmart. 

“We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror,” President Trump said yesterday at the White House. “Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives.”

The president also called for bipartisan action to confront gun violence, condemned the scourge of white supremacy, and thanked law enforcement in Ohio and Texas “who responded to these atrocities with the extraordinary grace and courage of American heroes.”

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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