AOC Says Trump’s Rhetoric Is ‘Directly Responsible’ For El Paso Shooting

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 5: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in Grand Army Plaza on August 5, 2019 in the ... NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 5: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in Grand Army Plaza on August 5, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Lawmakers and local advocates called on Congress to enact gun control legislation and encouraged citizens to vote for politicians who would support those measures. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 6, 2019 8:44 a.m.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) placed the blame for the shooting in El Paso, Texas over the weekend squarely on President Trump’s shoulders.

During a vigil for victims of the two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 people dead, Ocasio-Cortez said Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric is “directly responsible for what happened in El Paso,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. 

Ocasio-Cortez called white supremacy an international terrorism threat and said it should be defined as such under federal law.

“There are so many different issues that are weaving themselves into a braid of violence into our country. One of them is white supremacist terrorism,” she said.

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