Donald Trump refused to take a phone call from El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar on Tuesday, just days after tragedy struck the border city in her district.
In a tweet, the Democratic congresswoman said that she was told Trump was “too busy” to speak with her about how the nation can heal after a white nationalist terrorist killed 22 people in her city over the weekend.
Escobar has said she will not be present for Trump’s visit to El Paso Wednesday because she refuses “to be an accessory to his visit.”
I was told that @realDonaldTrump is “too busy” to have that conversation.
I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit. I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) August 6, 2019
Trump had nothing on his schedule on Tuesday
It’s laughable that Donald Trump – a man who has golfed, obsessively watched cable news and tweeted his way through his presidency up until this point – is too busy to take a phone call from a lawmaker who represents a city in mourning.
But as CNN reporter Manu Raju noted on Tuesday, Trump’s public schedule shows that he didn’t have anything to do today.
In a tweet, Raju said, “Escobar, a backer of an impeachment inquiry, asked for a private call with the president but the WH said Trump – who didn’t have anything on his public schedule today – was too busy to talk.”
Escobar, a backer of an impeachment inquiry, asked for a private call with the president but the WH said Trump – who didn’t have anything on his public schedule today – was too busy to talk. She said she won’t show up tomorrow because “I refuse to be an accessory to his visit” https://t.co/deOCgN21hR
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 6, 2019
Donald Trump isn’t busy. On any given day, his schedule is filled with an abundance of executive time dedicated to social media tantrums and Fox News watching.
The reason he refused to take Rep. Escobar’s call is that he simply has no interest in hearing the truth, which is that his rhetoric is inspiring white nationalist terrorists to kill innocent people.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.