President Donald Trump promised action after a pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, but he also threatened to tie any gun safety measures to immigration legislation.
The president will address the nation Monday morning to discuss the massacres, but he previewed possible action in a pair of tweets.
"We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain," Trump tweeted. "Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"
....this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come ou… https://t.co/RgrBOhEU9F— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1565002489.0
The El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto that echoed language used by Trump, and other social media users reacted to his suggestion with furious outrage.
@realDonaldTrump The mother who died shielding her 2 month old baby from bullets did not die so you could build a w… https://t.co/bcfvfY2FLm— David Pepper (@David Pepper)1565003890.0
@realDonaldTrump Something "GREAT" Come out of death of 30 people?! Nothing great can come out of that. Trump Need… https://t.co/9N5w4nKyvw— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1565003635.0
@realDonaldTrump Fuck No: Democrats cannot allow the Republicans and President Trump to attach light gun reform (ba… https://t.co/lmgBCx1Wem— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1565003018.0
@realDonaldTrump How dare you try to tie this to immigrations reform. You are a monster.— Jaynie's Got a Bun (@Jaynie's Got a Bun)1565002844.0
Trump has a very, very different definition of immigration reform than do Democrats and some Republicans. Pairing t… https://t.co/yRcNssgem2— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1565003708.0
@realDonaldTrump This is unbelievable. Why would an American President say “let’s do what the terrorist wanted so… https://t.co/8cJ9FHUFwk— Melissa Martin (@Melissa Martin)1565003634.0
@realDonaldTrump #Resist #RacistGOP #RacistInChief #ElPasoShooting Apologize. Apologize. Apologize. Apologize. Ap… https://t.co/qZMEYMzLOM— Lisa (@Lisa)1565003694.0
@realDonaldTrump Yes, if there's one thing we should do after attacks by racist white supremacist terrorists, it's… https://t.co/cq3LKGxhEF— NewsThump (@NewsThump)1565003706.0
@realDonaldTrump What the heck does gun reform have to do with immigration??? Just stop inciting people.— Matthew Dowd (@Matthew Dowd)1565004309.0
@realDonaldTrump To pair the call for background checks with immigration reform is a freaking dog whistle!— Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (@Eddie S. Glaude Jr.)1565004139.0
@realDonaldTrump The terrorists are home grown, and YOU ARE THEIR INSPIRATION!! You cannot blame the immigrant for what YOU have done.— Elizabeth (@Elizabeth)1565004149.0
@realDonaldTrump No, Mr. President, you do NOT get to include your white supremacy in laws trying to end the bloods… https://t.co/1J0PLMCwkJ— #NoRA (@#NoRA)1565003927.0