Elizabeth Warren Suggests Fox News Is To Blame For El Paso Shooting

In the aftermath of two terribly tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a combined 29 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded, people are beginning to pick up the pieces of their broken communities and evaluating what may have spurred the shooters to carry-out their merciless assaults.

One immediate question people asked concerns whether the shooters were politically motivated.

While law enforcement is continuing their investigations into both shooters, people online, including Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, is speculating the shooters were spurred by political groups.

Warren specifically called out Fox News and suggested they bore some responsibility in the El Paso shooting.

“We need to call it out: Fox News is a hate-for-profit machine that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists,” Warren tweeted in response to another tweet that commented on the ideology behind the El Paso shooting.

The initial tweet read, “Let’s all be really clear on this: The shooting in El Paso was a terrorist attack targeting Latinx people. It was spurred by the same white nationalist ideology that is promoted by the President of the United States and mainstreamed by Fox News.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke contended that Trump was to blame for the El Paso shooting, ABC News reports: “He doesn’t just tolerate, he encourages the kind of open racism and the violence that necessarily follows that we saw here.”

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro echoed, per the same report: “Anybody who has the ability to see and hear and understand what the president has been doing since he started his campaign in 2015 knows that division and bigotry and fanning the flames of hate has been his political strategy. That’s how he believes that he won in 2016.”

Castro continued: “This happened in Texas, where we have concealed carry, we have open carry, we have campus carry, we have one of the highest rates of gun ownership. That shooter knew that he was walking into a situation where a lot of folks there could be carrying a weapon. That didn’t stop him. The answer is not more guns. The answer is to make sure that these weapons of war, these semiautomatic weapons, don’t get into the hands of people who go and use them on the street.”

Democratic Senator Bob Casey similarly said Trump bore responsibility for the attack, USA Today reports: “We have a President of the United States that uses white nationalist rhetoric and engages in racism. From its early days, the Trump Administration has sought to limit funding to groups dedicated to countering white extremism.”

President Trump described the shooters as “very, very sick people” but did say mainstream media had “a big responsibility” in their radicalization: “The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!”

During a presser on Monday morning, Trump said the whole country ought to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism.” He said “these sinister ideologies must be defeated” and that “hate has no place in America.”