The mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 was allegedly sparked by the language of then-President Donald Trump, according to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who said on MSNBC on Tuesday that “Americans ought to fight and face the so-called MAGA Republicans.”
In El Paso’s Walmart in August 2019, a shooter with extreme anti-immigrant sentiments opened fire, leaving 23 people dead and another 23 injured. He asserted that he became politicized before Trump entered politics and categorically denied that Trump served as his influence.
Ryan nonetheless attributed the massacre to Trump’s comments, telling Fox News’ Neil Cavuto: “I believe that the president is most certainly fostering a climate here where individuals like this boy in El Paso travel ten hours to go murder Mexicans, kill people of color.” When Cavuto questioned Ryan on whether he held Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accountable for a mass massacre that occurred in 2017 at a Republican baseball practice, Ryan dismissed the comparison.
Ryan defended his position as Cavuto stated that he was going too far by blaming Trump.
“You’re attributing these shootings to his language,” Cavuto remarked. “Don’t you think that’s going above and beyond?”
Ryan said, “Look, I’m saying he has produced a completely poisonous climate in the United States.”
Ryan said, “I’m saying it like it is. I’m telling you precisely how I see it. I apologize that this is the situation and that it can go against someone’s political ideas. It’s okay if they support Trump’s political philosophy. If they have one, It’s alright. I’m referring to his encouraging bigotry in the United States. He divides us rather than bringing us together. You are aware of this, and anybody else who pays attention to it knows this is his style. He always acts in this manner.”
“The exhausted majority of Americans needs to fight and confront the radical Republican movement,” Ryan said on Tuesday’s episode of Morning Joe on MSNBC. He also made an effort to imply that he was ready to cooperate with those from opposing political parties.