Press Release

Jewish Dems Express Outrage After Two Mass Shootings

August 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— In the aftermath of two mass shootings in less than 24-hours, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) Executive Director Halie Soifer released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken and sickened by the tragic loss of life over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which has left at least 29 dead and dozens hurt. Our hearts go out to the families of those lost, and we pray for the recovery of the injured.

“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.

“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.”