Leave it to Donald Trump to insert himself where he is least wanted following a devastating tragedy. His upcoming visits to El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are unwanted by the same residents he says he’s going to “comfort,” but the optics around respecting their wishes and staying away would be too harmful to his 2020 presidential campaign.
Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar was invited to join Trump during his visit to her district, but she was apparently only intended to be a prop. She requested to have a conversation with the president first to speak for her constituents and tell him how harmful his words and response to the shooting has been, but was told that Trump was “too busy” for such discussions. At that point, she declined his invitation.
Supporting Trump’s visit and attempts to save face amidst clear evidence that his own words were used by the domestic terrorist who targeted immigrants that believed were “invading” the country would have been in direct violation of her constituents’ wishes. Instead of playing politics after the tragedy by smiling and standing next to Trump during his visit, Escobar plans to do the real work of supporting the residents of her district who are outraged and in pain.
Escobar is not the only public official speaking out against Trump’s visit. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley also requested that Trump stay away following the tragic event in her city, only to be ignored.
Twitter was supportive of Rep. Escobar’s stance. Read some of their comments below: