2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke has partly blamed the El Paso shooting on President Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Internet for creating a place of "open racism" during a chat with CNN's Jake Tapper. O'Rourke also stated his opinion of the environment in the United States.
I have to tell you, in addition to universal background checks and in addition to ending the sales of weapons of war into our communities, in addition to red flag laws, we've got to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing. There is an environment of it in the United States.
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We see it on Fox News, we see it on the internet, but we also see it from our commander-in-chief... He is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it, calling immigrants rapists and criminals, warning of an invasion on our border, seeking to ban all people of one religion. Folks are responding to this. It doesn’t just offend us, it encourages the kind of violence we’re seeing, including in my hometown of El Paso yesterday.
The El Paso shooter took the lives of 20 and hurt more than two dozen during the incident in a Walmart. The shooter was arrested and taken into custody unharmed. Various videos of El Paso shooting are being released slowly by the public on social media, yet some are deleted quickly.