Obama: Reject Language From Leaders That ‘Normalizes Racist Sentiments’

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Former President Barack Obama responded to the weekend mass shootings in Ohio and Texas on Monday with a plea to Americans to reject the language of hatred, fear and intolerance from any of their leaders.

 

“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” Obama said in a statement posted on Twitter that did not refer to President Donald Trump by name.

The shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people.

A 21-year-old white man has been charged with capital murder in Saturday’s shooting spree in Texas. Police in El Paso cited a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, which they attributed to the suspect.

Democrats said Trump was indirectly to blame for the attack in Texas, with some drawing connections between his rhetoric to a resurgence in nationalism and xenophobic sentiment.

Trump on Monday proposed tighter monitoring of the internet, mental health reform and wider use of the death penalty in response to mass shootings.

Trump did not address accusations that his own anti-immigrant and racially charged comments have contributed to a rise in race tensions, nor did he call for broad gun control measures.

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James
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>Phyllis Softa< I'm not going to repeat AGAIN the facts concerning Barry's forged birth certificate. I've mentioned it several times; but I find some here are ill equipped to understand the written word. You'll just have to do the research into "washed" documents with forged names; half brother – Malik Obama – showing the MSM Barry's Kenyan birth certificate; Barry's LEGAL NAME as opposed to the one he uses; Barry's Indonesian citizenship as opposed to the one he claims. Also look up Barry's speech in July 2018 in which he ADMITTED in Kogelo, Kenya that he came from Kenya and… Read more »

James
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>Phyllis Softa< No, I will not repeat anything the Kenyan Marxist said. I suspect YOU may be old enough to have lived through the early 2000's and witnessed for yourself the damage Barry attempted to inflict on America: 13 million MORE on food stamps; 8 million MORE in poverty; LOWEST labor participation rate since the 1960's; GDP NEVER reaching 3% IN eight years; lowest home ownership in 70 years; MORE debt than the previous 43 Presidents COMBINED, etc., etc. etc. . Surely even you are smart enough to have seen it even with your blinders and ear plugs. SO. HOW… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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3 Comments and no one even attempted to claim the rants of Patrick Crusius were different in tone or content of Trump campaign rally speeches, Trump’s tweets, or Trump’s public comments, or Trump campaign Facebook ads. Commenting on your continued derangement of Obama does not change the facts at hand.

James
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Now that the Kenyan has survived being deported and collecting a nice unearned retirement check , he NOW speaks against racism, hatred and ALL that which HE PROMOTED as Marxist #44. This is BS from the head BS’er attempting to convince the low-IQ voter they need to vote for a Socialist or Marxist to replace Trump in 2020 (and any Republican in 2024) to finish destroying the United States that was on his agenda for Hillary as POTUS.

WellHungChad
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Mr. Obama, Should we also reject leaders who repeatedly promote anti police sentiments?…Oh wait, that was the previous administration….Oh wait…never mind.

Morte206
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Says the man who, in essence, did little to nothing positive on the issue.

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