JTA: Two US mass shootings leave at least 29 dead in 13 hours

August 5, 2019

“The El Paso killer was a white supremacist who wrote a ‘send them back’ manifesto, echoing the words of President Trump. He referenced an alleged Hispanic ‘invasion’ of Texas and called on migrants to return to their home countries. Trump is responsible for fueling a fire of xenophobia and hatred in our country, and Republicans are responsible for allowing it to occur,” Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, said in a statement. “Trump and Republicans are both responsible for failing to protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence. Republican inaction in the face of these growing threats is reprehensible and deplorable, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”