He condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.” Trump called for reforms to mental health laws “to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” adding that we must “make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.” The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Mass murders will “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay,” Trump announced.
Not at least, Trump said prevention is also necessary: “We must do a better job at identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies and social media companies to develop tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.” In sort of conclusion, “perhaps more has to be done” the President said. Critics immediately reacted. “The president is weak. And wrong. White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate,” one of them, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted.