Donna Brazile, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Friday that President Donald Trump "had nothing to do with" recent mass murders, rejecting the belief of other Democrats that the president's rhetoric is to blame for the tragedies, according to The Daily Caller.
Brazile spoke to Guy Benson on Fox News Radio about accusations by prominent Democrats that President Trump is a white supremacist and that he bears responsibility for recent tragedies, particularly the one in El Paso, Texas, in which the gunman claimed to be motivated partially by opposition to Mexican immigration.
"This conversation about race and racism, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, white nationalism, it is that I am profoundly saddened as an American," Brazile said when asked by Benson what she thought of responses by 2020 Democrats to the murders. "The reason why is to point fingers and to play this so-called blame game. President Trump had nothing to do with the maniac, and I'm being gracious here, the maniac who shot up a Walmart store. He had nothing to do with the person who shot up, you know, the bar in Dayton. This is unbecoming of the country. The President of the United States, you know, should not be blamed for these individual killers."
Democrats have blamed President Trump for inspiring the El Paso killer. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), for example, outright said of the massacre in El Paso that "Donald Trump is responsible for this."
After President Trump condemned white supremacy in a speech — "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy," Trump said — many Democrats simply claimed he didn't mean what he said.
"It's clear in language and in code this president has fanned the fumes of white supremacy," former Vice President Joe Biden said. "His mouthing of the words written for him, condemning white supremacists this week, I don't believe fooled anyone at home or abroad."