Obama Addresses America on Mass Shootings

Henrietta Strickland
August 7, 2019

The CBS Late Show host read a Monday tweet from President Barack Obama urging Americans to reject language from political leaders that "feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments".

Former President Barack Obama on Monday addressed two deadly mass shootings in America, making a rare public statement decrying leaders who "normalize racist sentiments" and pushing for legislative action to reform gun laws.

President Donald Trump will travel Wednesday to the scenes of back-to-back mass shootings that stunned the nation and left at least 31 people dead, but his planned appearances in OH and Texas aren't being well received by all local officials - some of whom say it would be best if the commander in chief avoided their grief-stricken cities.

Obama's statement came in response to this past weekend's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that claimed at least 31 lives. "We do not blame, nor do we even dream of blaming Elizabeth Warren for the shooter in OH who wanted to vote for her, (or) the supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who carried out a terrorist attack, trying to blow up a DHS I.C.E. Facility, using her language of concentration camps".

Obama, who has infrequently made public statements since leaving office in 2017, posted his remarks on Twitter hours after President Donald Trump delivered a speech from the White House on Monday morning, condemning racism and bigotry as well as seeking mental health reforms and cracking down on the "glorification of violence" in video games. He also said he had directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism.

The former president noted that the El Paso shooting followed a trend of "troubled individuals who embrace ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy".

Such language has "been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history", Obama added, and has "no place in our politics and our public life".

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