Trump denounces white supremacy after shootings, cites video games and internet

  • Trump denounces white supremacy after shootings, cites video games and internet

Trump denounces white supremacy after shootings, cites video games and internet

Obama said the El Paso shooting followed a "dangerous trend" of violence motivated by racist ideologies. Alongside this, he encouraged all Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box and beyond, to foster accountability from elected officials and the changes required to strengthen gun control laws.

The nation's first African-American president also directly referenced and condemned the apparent racist and anti-immigrant motives of the 21-year-old white man who authorities believe killed at least 22 people inside a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday.

Former President Barack Obama, pictured at a conference in Berlin in April, tweeted Monday that Americans should reject language of "fear and hatred" from USA leaders. He compared white supremacist websites to terrorist groups like ISIS and called on law enforcement and internet platforms to reduce the influence of hate groups. He didn't specify which leaders he was talking about.

Such language has "been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history", Obama added, and has "no place in our politics and our public life". He said in addition to allowing such people to get treatment, some should be subjected to "involuntary confinement" should they pose too great of a public risk.

Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015 by characterizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers and he has repeatedly likened immigrants crossing the border from Mexico as an "invasion".

Despite leading Donald Trump Jr. and other high-profile Republicans in accusing social media of "political bias", the president said he will instruct the Justice Department to work with Silicon Valley to create software that "detects" potential mass shooters. He said the Internet, social media and violent video games had helped radicalize people. He was often moved to tears when he addressed the country after a mass shooting.

The measure was voted on in the Senate six years ago during a failed attempt to toughen USA gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, that took the lives of 20 children and seven adults. The gun lobby group blamed the shootings on mental illness.