UPDATED 9:56 AM PT — Thursday, August 8, 2019
A Democrat presidential contender says he wants to focus on the nation’s issues at hand instead of playing the blame game.
While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock immediately rejected the question when asked if the president should be blamed for inspiring the shooting in El Paso. He went on to say his fellow Democrat candidates are putting the party at risk of losing in 2020.
Bullock did criticize the president’s rhetoric, but stopped short of claiming it was responsible for fueling the shooter’s motive. He said that he would rather move forward.
“I reject the question…there’s people in a community torn apart from a horrible, violent and tragic act,” said Governor Bullock.”…But I wouldn’t try to say ‘here’s who responsible,’ I’d say ‘lets move forward’ and try not to have to have this this dialogue again.”
This comes as a number of Democrats, including 2020 hopefuls, have openly claimed President Trump was directly responsible for influencing the recent shootings. The president has continuously condemned white supremacists and hate.
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019