“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate,” Trump said in remarks from the White House. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.
“These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” Trump continued.
The President also said he would be directing the Justice Department to pursue the death penalty for those who commit hate crime and to do so “quickly, decisively and without needless delay.”
Trump also cited violent video games as a contributing factor to a series of deadly mass shootings dating back to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace,” Trump said in the Diplomatic Room of the White House. “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.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy separately also cited video games in the wake of two massacres in Texas and Ohio that left at least 29 people dead.
But during the speech, Trump didn’t acknowledge the impact of his divisive rhetoric.
In May, the President joked when a rallygoer suggested migrants coming into the US should be shot.
The writer cites a fear that an influential Hispanic population in Texas would make the state a “Democratic stronghold.” But he says “the Republican Party is also terrible” because the GOP is, in his mind, pro-corporation, which could lead to more immigration.
The author says he’s held these beliefs for years, before Trump became President.
This story has been updated with additional developments Monday.
CNN’s Allie Malloy, Christina Maxouris and Devan Cole contributed to this report.