White House Rips Democrats For Blaming Trump For Shootings, Fundraising Off Tragedies
Within a few hours of two horrific mass shootings that left 32 dead and 52 wounded, prominent Democrats began blaming President Trump.
It didn’t matter that one of the shooters reportedly hated Trump and was a backer of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren. And it didn’t matter that both shooters were clearly suffering from mental illness (they did, after all, decide that killing a slew of people was a smart idea). To Democrats, Trump — and Trump alone — was to blame.
But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway fired back on Tuesday, saying Trump is “trying to bring the country together and heal a nation.”
“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.”
“The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him and I want to name and shame them now. … They want to be president? He is the president. And he is trying to bring the country together and have bipartisan, bicameral steps.”
Conway also pointed out that Warren immediately began “raising money” for Senate Democratic candidates “in an email appeal talking about mass shootings.”
“This is a disgrace and if no one else is going to talk about it, I’m going to talk about it,” Conway said.
After the mass shootings over the weekend, several 2020 candidates immediately called Trump racist.
“Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist,” Robert “Beto” O’Rourke said on MSNBC.
O’Rourke went on a profane tirade as well. “What do you think?” O’Rourke reportedly said. “You know the s— he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f—?”
On Tuesday, Conway blasted O’Rourke.
“Beto O’Rourke — from the Vanity Fair magazine cover to the vanity project candidacy — out there screaming and cursing about President Trump. That doesn’t heal a single soul. That doesn’t help to prevent another mass shooting,” she said.
Conway also said Republicans didn’t tie then-President Barack Obama to the shooting of then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, critically wounded in a 2017 shooting at a congressional baseball game practice. The shooter was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“When Bernie Sanders’ supporter … shot up Steve Scalise who was within inches of his life, and others on that baseball field two years ago, we didn’t run out and say that he was hunting down Republicans and that he was a Bernie Sanders supporter,” Conway said. “We were worried about Steve Scalise’s life being saved. That was absolutely the darkest day in this White House in its first year in my opinion.”
After the shootings, Trump delivered a somber statement from the White House on Monday. He laid out several avenues as potential solutions, called for unity and bipartisanship, soothed Americans as the comforter-in-chief and loudly denounced racism and white supremacy.
“Together, we lock arms to shoulder the grief, we ask God in Heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer, and we vow to act with urgent resolve,” Trump said.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love,” he said.
Conway said Trump is saying exactly what needs to be said.
“He’s denouncing white supremacy, and they’re out there denouncing him,” Conway said. “America, take a look, and don’t forget it.”