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Trump to Face Protests in El Paso, Dayton

He plans to meet with first responders, shooting victims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 5:16 AM CDT
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Mourners pause at a makeshift memorial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, for the slain and injured in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday, in Dayton, Ohio.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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(Newser) – President Trump says he is going to visit Dayton and El Paso on Wednesday "to meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings"—but protesters in both cities say he will not be welcome. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, said Tuesday that Trump's "rhetoric has been painful for many in our community" and she supports the planned demonstrations against his visit, though she will personally welcome the president with respect because he is the country's leader, the New York Times reports. "I hope he's coming here to add value and to help our community, and I hope it’s not about just a press hit and I hope it’s about him actually doing something," she said. A gunman identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts killed nine people in the Ohio city early Sunday.

In El Paso, where a 21-year-old gunman believed to have written a manifesto denouncing the "Hispanic invasion of Texas" is accused of killing 22 people at a Walmart on Saturday, Trump's planned visit is even more controversial, reports the AP. "Now’s not the time," veterans' advocate David Nevarez tells the Washington Post. "We do not need anybody fanning the flames of hate, anger, and racism. There’s enough in this world already." Democrats including presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and Rep. Veronica Escobar, who succeeded him as the House lawmaker for the district, blame Trump's rhetoric for the massacre and say he should stay away. Trump fired back at O'Rourke in a tweet Tuesday night. "Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement - & be quiet!" Trump said. (Two nations have warned their citizens about traveling to the US.)

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