“I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory”

El Paso Congresswoman Says She Won’t Participate in President Trump’s Post-Shooting Visit

“I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory” to his trip, Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted Tuesday.

Escobar took to Twitter to express her displeasure and condemn the president, who she says “has a responsibility to acknowledge the power of his words, apologize for them, and take them back.”

Mother Jones

Why white supremacist violence is rising today — and how it echoes some of the darkest moments of our past.

The El Paso shooter is not a fluke or an anomaly. He is part of a resurgence of white nationalist violence in the United States, a wave of killings that are themselves part of a very long history of political violence by American racists and white nationalists.

In the years after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan and other terrorist groups launched a wave of killings aimed at intimidating newly freed black people and restoring the antebellum racial order. Around the same time, an increase in immigration from East Asia and Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries led to a wave of lynchings and mob violence targeting migrants, including large-scale race riots in Los Angeles in 1871 and in El Paso in 1916.

VOX

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Says White Supremacy Is a “Hoax” and a “Conspiracy Theory”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson decried the concept of white supremacy as a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory” being pushed as a power grab by Democrats.

SLATE

Trump-loving protesters get laughed out of Tucson city council meeting for yelling about immigrants

The man and woman, who were each wearing hats proclaiming their support for President Donald Trump, interrupted a meeting Tuesday as City Council members passed a voter-sponsored initiative to designate Tucson as Arizona’s first so-called “sanctuary city,” reported KVOA-TV.

RAW STORY

House Democrats praised for requesting Kavanaugh’s concealed Bush admin records: ‘This is big’

“This is big,” Brian Fallon, executive director of the advocacy group Demand Justice, tweeted Tuesday. In a statement, he added that “this is a critical first step in conducting the real investigation of Brett Kavanaugh that Senate Republicans prevented from happening.”

ALTERNET

How The Great Replacement Theory Went From Extremist Fringe To GOP Mainstream

The Great Replacement theory, a favorite of white nationalist conspiracists, posits that elite leftists are plotting to repopulate majority white countries with foreigners, almost always of color.

The conspiracy theory appears to have seeped into the ether of the conservative movement. Some figures on the far-right openly subscribe to it, while others closer to the mainstream knowingly or unknowingly echo elements of the theory.

TPM

Dayton Shooting Lasted Just 32 Seconds and Left 9 Dead.

THE DAYTON SHOOTING IS ABOUT GUNS AND AMERICAN COMPLICITY WITH ALLOWING GUNS

INTO THE HANDS OF ANY PERSON TO CARRY OUT THE SLAUGHTER.

Unlike the El Paso shooting, which the alleged gunman appears to have described as part of an anti-immigrant crusade, authorities still do not know what motivated Connor Betts to open fire early Sunday morning in a popular nightlife district in Dayton. But comments from authorities, memories from former classmates and posts on his apparent Twitter account show that the gunman took a deep interest in violence — and, as in many American shootings, had easy access to powerful firearms.

CNN

controversial video of President Donald Trump

controversial video of President Donald Trump during a rally in Florida is resurfacing on social media after two mass shootings in the US over the weekend. 

In the video, a person yelled “shoot them” when Trump asked the crowd how the US Border Patrol might keep migrants from entering the country without violence. 

Trump smirked and shook his head at the comment, joking, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with this stuff.”

Business Insider

WATCH THE VIDEO

“Clearly, white nationalism and anti-immigrant hysteria did not start with this president,” Oliver said Sunday on “Last Week Tonight.” “But he certainly seems to have created an environment where those kinds of views can fester and indeed thrive.”

Huff Post

YOUR PRESIDENT

At campaign rallies before last year’s midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly warned that America was under attack by immigrants heading for the border. “You look at what is marching up, that is an invasion!” he declared at one rally. “That is an invasion!”
Nine months later, a 21-year-old white man is accused of opening fire in a Walmart in El Paso, killing 20 people and injuring dozens more after writing a manifesto railing against immigration and announcing that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

NY TIMES

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