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El Paso congresswoman says Trump is not welcome in the city following deadly massacre


Not pulling any punches

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Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar (Texas) says that President Donald Trump isn't welcome in El Paso following the city's deadly massacre.

A gunman opened fire at an area Walmart on Saturday, killing 21 people and injuring dozens more. He has been identified and arrested, and remains in custody at the time of this writing.

What are the details?

During a Monday appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Escobar insisted that Trump was a persona non grata in the south Texas city because of previous remarks about immigration and situations at the U.S. southern border. She also said that Trump has "dehumanized" Hispanic people.

MSNBC's Mike Barnicle told the El Paso lawmaker that he too believed Trump's actions during his presidency contributed to Saturday's violence.

"Congresswoman Escobar," he began, "you have aptly and accurately described the president's participation in what happened this weekend. His ongoing participation during his presidency in what built up and led to this weekend."

He continued, pointing to a Monday tweet that the president sent on the social media platform.

"I would like to get your reaction to a tweet that he just issued," Barnicle added. "This is Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, two minutes ago with this tweet: 'The media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our country. Fake news has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!' That's from the president of the United States. What's your reaction to that?

Escobar did not mince any words with her response.

"It is shocking to me that he is so utterly self-aware," she began. "And this is why from my perspective he is not welcome here. He should not come here while we are in mourning.

"The president has made my community and my people the enemy," she continued. "He has told the country that we are people to be feared, people to be hated."

Escobar went further, insisting that the Trump administration is complicit in the deaths of 21 people.

"I hope that [the president] has the self-awareness to understand that we are in pain, and we are mourning, and we are doing the very best in our typical, graceful El Paso way to be resilient," Escobar said. "And so I would ask his staff and his team to consider the fact that his words and actions have played a role in this."

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