On Saturday, a gunman opened fire and killed 22 people in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Shortly after the horrific shooting, police found evidence that the shooter was a white supremacist who sought out to kill Hispanic Americans. The gunman will likely face both capital murder charges from the state of Texas, as well as federal hate crime charges.
While the nation mourned the 31 victims of the shootings in Texas and Ohio, Brzezinski focused in on the racially motivated attack in El Paso. During her Tuesday morning show, she asked her co-host, Joe Scarborough, if he believed Trump wanted the shooting to happen.
Watch Brzezinski’s comments:
“You have to ask the question Joe, and I’ll ask you: Isn’t it okay to deduce that, at this point, this is what he wants? He is inciting hatred, inciting violence, inciting racism. If he doesn’t unequivocally call it off and say, this is wrong, and we stand together against this, and we are doing this, this and this to help fight hate crimes. I mean, this is a president who seems to want these things to happen. How else can this be explained? If he doesn’t call it off?”
Although Brzezinski claimed that President Trump didn’t call off white supremacy, he has made several speeches against the hateful ideology.
Following the shootings, Trump called on Americans to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” adding, “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
Despite Trump’s condemnation of the shootings and white supremacy, Scarborough still claimed that ignored white supremacy to further his political career.
“Will he change? Only if it suits his own political purposes to change. And that’s what Americans must show him. That this is a dead-end road that he’s on. White supremacy is a dead-end road. It will lead, not only to terrible things for other people but for what matters to Donald Trump the most: It will lead to terrible things for him politically.”
While Scarborough and Brzezinski claimed that Trump was all words and no action when it comes to gun violence, counselor to president Kellyanne Conway noted in an interview on “Fox & Friends” that Trump has made several efforts to thwart gun violence, including a ban on bump stocks.