USA must condemn white supremacy

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

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.

Obama also urged law enforcement and Silicon Valley to act to combat the "dangerous trend" of "white supremacy".

"Like the followers of ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations, these individuals may act alone, but they've been radicalized by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the Internet". Posts on 8chan, an online messaging board used by right-wing extremists, have also been connected to the alleged gunman.

On Saturday, a gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, in what authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. He didn't specify which leaders he was talking about.

Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015 by characterizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers and he has repeatedly likened immigrants crossing the border from Mexico as an "invasion".

"Such language isn't new - it's been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world", Obama said.

"We must make sure those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process", he said.

He added, "It's time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much - clearly and unequivocally".

In a statement released on Twitter, Obama did not mention President Trump by name, but his inference seemed clear. In 2017, he said the "toughest day" of his tenure was when he met with the families of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT in 2012.

Speaking at the White House on Monday morning, the president addressed the two shooting incidents which happened at the weekend, leaving at least 30 dead and dozens injured. The gun lobby group blamed the shootings on mental illness.

"The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored and they will not be ignored", Trump said. "We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start".