On Tuesday, President Donald Trump went after former President Barack Obama following the Obama’s statement responding to the mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.

Trump appeared to attack Obama for what he perceived as the former president following the media’s lead in blaming Trump for inciting racism, xenophobia and white nationalism and violent acts tied to these sentiments. Trump tweeted edited quotes from Fox News hosts who noted that Obama had “32 mass shootings under his reign.”



“Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook,” Trump tweeted in citing Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who was referring to the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “Not many people said Obama is out of Control.”


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Trump also quoted Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt in a separate tweet before adding, “I am the least racist person” and citing the fact that unemployment among African Americans, Hispanics and Asians “is the lowest (BEST) in the history in the United States.”



At the White House on Monday, Trump denounced “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in his televised response to the shootings.

“Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” said Trump.

In Obama’s statement, which he posted on Twitter on behalf of himself and Michelle Obama, the former president expressed his condolences for the families of the victims of both shootings, where 31 people were killed and dozens more were injured, before calling for stricter gun control legislation and for stopping the proliferation of white nationalism, xenophobia and other forms of hatred and racism across the country. Obama also noted that “no other nation on Earth” witnesses as many mass shootings per year as the United States does.

Obama urged voters to “soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” although he stopped short of explicitly naming Trump or any other prominent politician.


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