Trump’s Chief Of Staff On Mass Shootings: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Fair To Try And Lay This At The Feet Of The President’

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said the blame for the terribly tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio lay at the feet of those men who pulled the trigger—and no politician in Washington.

During an interview on Sunday with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Mulvaney said attempts to put blame on politicians, including President Trump, ought to be dismissed.

“This was a sick person, the person in Dayton was a sick person,” Mulvaney said during the interview, via ABC News. “No politician is to blame for that. The person who was responsible here are the people who pulled the trigger. We need to figure out how to kind of create less of those kinds of people as a society and not trying to figure out who gets blamed going into the next election.”

Here’s more from the report:

As Democratic presidential candidates point a finger at the president’s divisive rhetoric, Mulvaney said the suspect who allegedly killed 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, appeared to have been motivated by beliefs he harbored before Trump became president.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat running for president, on Saturday called Trump a “racist” and said he “stokes racism in this country.” Fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Trump was “condoning white nationalism.”

Several of those killed in El Paso, which borders Mexico, were Mexican citizens, and officials said that they were examining what they called a “manifesto” that they believe was written by the shooter and shows a possible “nexus” to a hate crime.


Pressed by Karl on whether Trump was at all to blame for using words like “invasion” to talk about illegal immigration congresswoman of color should leave the country, Mulvaney said Trump was just as saddened and angered by the shootings as others.

“There’s no benefit here to trying to make this a political issue,” Mulvaney, who is also the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said, “This is a social issue.”

He labeled the gunmen in El Paso and Dayton “crazy people” who “should not be able to get guns.” The Dayton gunman, who died, killed at least nine people, authorities said. Dozens of people were injured in each attack.

“Sick people who are intent on doing things like this should not be able to buy guns legally,” Mulvaney said.

President Trump did express his condolences for victims of both shootings but did not address whether or not he would be taking any executive action in response.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

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