After mass shootings, Obama decries language of leaders that "normalizes racist sentiments"

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After mass shootings, Obama decries language of leaders that "normalizes racist sentiments"

Even though he no longer is commander-in-chief, the 44th President took to social media to pay his condolences to the friends and family of those killed and injured in Dayton and El Paso.

In a national address to the country hours earlier, Trump said, "Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside - so destructive - and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love".

President Trump condemned hate and "white supremacy" Monday as he called for bipartisan action to spur nationwide "red flag" laws in response to two weekend shootings that took the lives of 31 people in Texas and Ohio.

President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks from the White House at 10 a.m. ET.

But for many critics like O'Rourke, Trump's record speaks louder than the president's latest condemnation of the attacks.

United States authorities said on Sunday that they are treating their investigation into El Paso massacre that left at least 20 people dead as "domestic terrorism" and a "hate crime".

Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant Federal Bureau of Investigation director for Counterintelligence, compared the shooting to Islamic radicalisation due to "a growing body of heat-filled extremists who are radicalising online. finding like-minded extremists and then coming together to encourage each other to violence".

The mayor of El Paso said at a news conference that Trump would visit the city Wednesday, though some local lawmakers and others signaled opposition, and the Federal Aviation Administration advised pilots of a presidential visit to Dayton. "We have to put a stop to it".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has demanded that McConnell call the Senate back from its August recess.

In his message posted Monday afternoon, Obama did not mention Trump by name, but his intended target was clear.

The 58-year-old continued, "Such language isn't new - it's been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world", Obama wrote.

And Trump himself has reneged on previous pledges to strengthen gun laws.

On gun control, a majority of Americans have consistently said they support stronger laws, but proposals have stalled repeatedly in Congress, a marked contrast to some countries that have acted swiftly after a mass shooting. "At my direction, the Department of Justice banned bump stocks", Trump said. "Not many people said 'wow, Obama is out of control", Kilmeade said. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.