Mayor Pete’s ‘CNN Sunday’ Take-Down Of Trump/Racists Goes Viral

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This weekend, the United States has been left reeling by two mass shooters who, in Texas and Ohio respectively, took the lives of overall some thirty people. Predictably considering precedent, President Donald Trump and his allies on the right rushed to defer any sense of responsibility for the conditions sparking the shooting, but others, like Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg bluntly slammed the right for their abject failure to take the substantive action necessary to curb the carnage. Instead, Trump sticks to standing on the world stage and spouting anti-immigrant rhetoric that showed up in the El Paso shooter’s manifesto, who was targeting an immigrant community.

Buttigieg told host Jake Tapper, who himself previously had noted the long list of Congressional and local GOP leaders who refused to come on for interviews:

‘Every time this happens, we say never again. We say we’re going to do something. We say it’s going to change — and it hasn’t. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that this same debate and this same cycle has been going on my entire adult life, and I’m wondering what it will take to get the sense of urgency, to get Washington to actually respond… At the end of the day, without political change, I don’t know what we’ll get the solutions we need. But if this doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will.’

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The implication of “political change” is pretty clear cut. Currently, Republicans remain the majority in the U.S. Senate and obviously also control the White House thanks to Donald Trump. The ongoing mark of the Republican Party is hesitating beyond belief to deliver any kind of substantive action against gun violence. Assault weapons are still legal in the United States, even as the body count they’ve enacted reaches perhaps previously unimaginable levels. “Common sense” reforms like the imposition of a universal pre-gun purchace background check demand that Buttigieg noted Americans of both major political parties have expressed support for remain absent. And Trump just keeps fingerpointing at immigrants as the supposed drivers of American violence.

As for what he’s doing to actually address the carnage, during Sunday television appearances acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made sure to claim that the first call Trump made after the atrocities unfolded was to Attorney General William Barr to discuss what could be done to stop similar incidents from happening again. When the talking point ends with a phone call from the guy who has a documented lack of basic knowledge about his office — it’s not exactly reassuring, however.

Besides — Trump has not let up with his stream of hateful rhetoric. As reports swirled about the El Paso shooter also expressing hatred of mmigrants, Trump shared a half-hearted address of the issue on Twitter, skipping right around actually addressing his own rhetoric.

He tweeted:

‘Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.’

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That doesn’t erase what he’s done.

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