President Donald Trump made it clear that he stands against “any group of hate” following the recent mass shootings.
The nation was rocked after two separate mass shootings took place in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
Following the shootings, police quickly found evidence that the El Paso gunman was a white supremacist who targeted the local Walmart due to its high concentration of Hispanic Americans. Many quickly tied his actions to President Trump’s strong stance against illegal immigration.
The gunman in the Ohio shootings, however, supported Antifa groups across the country. He even called the Antifa-supporter who was killed trying to bomb an immigration center in Washington a “martyr.” In addition to his support for Antifa, the gunman vocalized his support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-Mass.) presidential bid, as well.
During a brief press gaggle before his flight to Dayton and El Paso, President Trump made it clear he wants to stop “any group of hate,” including white supremacists and Antifa supporters.
“I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate. I don’t like it. Any group of hate, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s Antifa, whether it’s any group of hate, I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.”
As far as addressing gun violence, Trump hinted that he would support legislation to remove guns from the hands of mentally ill people. He noted that he had seen a “great appetite” among members of Congress to push forward this type of legislation.
“I can only do what I can do. I think there’s a great appetite to do something with regard to making sure that mentally unstable, seriously ill people aren’t carrying guns,” said Trump, adding, “And I’ve never seen the appetite as strong as it is now.”