- The president has faced protests during his visits to Dayton and El Paso. Many, citizens and politicians, had asked Trump not to come.
- Since Saturday of the massacre, President Trump has been bombarded by criticism for his speech against immigrants.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Wednesday in El Paso to protest against the visit and the president of the United States, Donald Trump, after the massacres of last weekend.
Protesters condemned the white supremacist and anti-immigrant rhetoric of the president, who they believe inspired the perpetrator of the August 3 shooting in El Paso, Patrick Crusius, who allegedly uploaded a manifesto in an online forum that warned of an “invasion” of immigrants Hispanic.
As happened earlier on Wednesday during Trump’s visit to Dayton, where on August 4 there was another shooting that left ten people dead – including the attacker – protesters in El Paso also demanded greater control over arms sales.
According to witnesses, at least three of the Mexican victims were killed in cold blood while praying and pleading for their lives.
Others pretended to be dead while listening to the blasts of gunfire at the Walmart mall where the killing took place, and some counterattacked, throwing cans of groceries at the attacker.
“All the people ran through the emergency door. There were many children and many people running, crying, screaming and pushing. Many people remained to lie on the floor when they could not run away,” Virginia Vargas, a witness, told Efe.
Since Saturday of the massacre, President Trump has been bombarded by criticism for his speech against immigrants. Following the events in Dayton and El Paso, the president declared that “hate has no place in our country.”
However, he attributed the killings to a “mental problem” of the attackers and called for restricting the sale of weapons to people with psychiatric illnesses. In this regard, the Vice Mayor of El Paso, Ricardo López, said that the current repudiation of violence related to firearms provides the opportunity to reform the laws.
“That they focus on weapons to do something else. What the president is saying is not enough; we need more leadership from him, and not only from him but from the Senate,” he said.
President Trump visited Wednesday Dayton (Ohio) and El Paso (Texas), two cities that joined the list of indiscriminate shootings that have shaken the country for years.
Trump met, accompanied by his wife, Melania, with wounded and relatives of the victims of the Dayton massacres, where last Sunday nine people lost their lives before the authorities killed the attacker, and El Paso, who on Saturday It became the scene of a shooting that killed 22 people.
Before leaving Washington, the president defended before the journalists that his rhetoric has not contributed to the violence of the shootings and, on the contrary, “unites the people”.