Republicans are pretending like the El Paso shooter wasn’t quoting Trump when he used the president’s exact language about an immigrant “Invasion” and “fake news.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) tweeted:
I spent some of my early years growing up in El Paso The “manifesto” published by the shooter revealed his intent to sow ethnic divisions in this community, our state and nation. His twisted vision will not succeed. #ElPasoStrong
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 4, 2019
Cornyn has done his own share of stoking racial fears in Texas:
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 22, 2019
The Shooter Used Trump Own Terms In His Manifesto
The shooter referred to a Hispanic invasion of Texas, and how Hispanics were going to make Texas a “Democrat” state, “. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion…The heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold. Losing Texas and a few other states with heavy Hispanic population to the Democrats is all it would take for them to win nearly every presidential election.”
The shooter also talked about ‘fake news,’ “The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
While claiming that he wasn’t inspired by Trump, the shooter uses Trump’s own phrases in his manifesto.
The El Paso shooter quoted Donald Trump, and Republicans are pretending like Trump’s words had nothing to do with the shooting that killed 20 people. Republicans aren’t fooling anyone, and Cornyn’s tweet is almost as pathetic as Republicans trying to blame video games and not saluting the flag instead of guns for these
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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