Trump denounces white supremacy after shootings, cites video games and internet

President Trump speaks to the media about the recent mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio as he boards Air Force One in Morristown N.J. on Sunday

President Trump speaks to the media about the recent mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio as he boards Air Force One in Morristown N.J. on Sunday

Obama said that the same type of language has been the root of most human tragedy, including slavery and Jim Crow, the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

"Every time this happens, we're told that tougher fun laws won't stop all murders; that they won't stop every deranged individual from getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places".

"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy", Trump said. "Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul".

Without naming President Trump or the divisive rhetoric of his successor on immigration and race - which some Democrats have said fans the hatred behind violent acts like Saturday's massacre in El Paso - Obama urged the public to rebuff "leaders" who scapegoat certain groups and employ bigoted language.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo announced on Monday evening that President Donald Trump will come visit the city on Wednesday following the deadly shooting, which is being investigated as a hate crime against Latinos, over the weekend that led to the deaths of 22 people.

Portions of the 2,300-word essay closely mirror Trump's rhetoric, as well as the language of the white nationalist movement, including a warning about the "Hispanic invasion of Texas". The former president has typically steered clear of wading into politics, even declining to endorse his former vice president, Joe Biden, in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. In his remarks at the White House, however, he did not mention immigration.

President Donald Trump on Monday called for urgent action to prevent gun violence and said all Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after mass shootings in Texas and OH killed 29 people and wounded dozens. "The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored and they will not be ignored".

Obama said "indications" suggest the actions of the suspected shooter in El Paso are part of a "dangerous trend" of mass violence fueled by racism and white supremacy.

Condemning video games that "celebrate violence", Trump said, "We must stop the glorification of violence in our society". "And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening".