Trump Condemns 'Racism, Bigotry, and White Supremacy;' Calls for Bipartisan Solutions

Susan Jones | August 5, 2019 | 10:37am EDT
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President Donald Trump address the two most recent mass shootings at the White House as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks on, on August 5, 2019. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," President Trump told the nation on Monday, noting that more than 80 people were either killed or wounded in two evil attacks over the weekend -- one at an El Paso Walmart where the gunman reportedly targeted Hispanics; and another outside a bar in Dayton.

"These sinister ideologies must be defeated," Trump said. "Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul."

Trump said he's asked the FBI to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism.

But he also pointed to the Internet, which "has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts. We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet and stop mass murders before they happen."

Trump noted that the Internet also facilitates human trafficking and illegal drug distribution: "The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored and they will not be ignored."

Trump also called for "real bipartisan solutions" to help make the nation "safer and better" for everyone, as follows:

First, we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local, state and federal agencies as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike. As an example, the monster in the Parkland high school in Florida had many red flags against him, and yet nobody took decisive action. Nobody did anything. Why not?

Second, we must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard. But each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life. That's what we have to do.

Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary involuntary confinement. Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.

Fourth, we must make sure those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws -- also known as extreme risk protection orders. Today I'm also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively and without years of needless delay.

These are just a few of the areas of cooperation that we can pursue. I am open and ready to listen and discuss all ideas that will actually work and make a very big difference.

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