El Paso has an even colder shoulder for Trump than the one he typically gets from Melania.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, had a message for President Donald Trump.
The Texas Democrat, who represents El Paso, the site of a recent mass shooting that left at least 20 people dead, said that Trump was “not welcome” in El Paso if he came to visit because of his inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and immigrants.
“Words have consequences. The president has made my community and my people the enemy,” said Escobar on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “He has told the country that we are people to be feared, people to be hated.”
“I hope that [Trump] has the self-awareness to understand that we are in pain, and we are mourning, and we are doing the very best in our typical, graceful, El Paso way to be resilient,” Escobar continued. “And so I would ask his staff and his team to consider the fact that his words and his actions have played a role in this.”
It is not just a Democratic congresswoman who feels this way either.
Courtesy of The New Yorker:
On Sunday evening in El Paso, Texas, more than a thousand people marched peacefully, carrying signs and flowers, from a city park to the offices of an immigrant-advocacy group. Some identified as progressive activists of one kind or another, but the majority were simply residents—entire families, in many cases—demanding political change a day after a mass shooting near their homes. “Silence is Violence,” one handwritten sign read. “crusius the killer, trump the accomplice,” another read. Yellow flowers represented the twenty killed on Saturday, in a mass shooting at a shopping center in El Paso patronized largely by Hispanics. Volunteers with the Border Network for Human Rights, wearing T-shirts printed with the phrase “Hugs Not Walls,” handed out bottled water in the heat. The event was billed as a “prayer march and rally against hate,” organized by the Border Network and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, whose offices were its end point. It was a quiet walk. But, when engaged, walkers had plenty to say, particularly about Donald Trump’s relationship to the two hundred and fiftieth mass shooting of 2019. (There have since been five more, including the attack in Dayton, Ohio, where nine were shot to death on Sunday morning.)
“Racism has a name,” Fernando Garcia, the founder and executive director of the Border Network, told me in his offices, hours before the march. “And that name lives in the White House. That name is Donald Trump. His rhetoric brought this violence to El Paso.” Garcia went on. “Today we march in the streets. Tomorrow it will be the elections. We will get this racism out of the White House.”
Yeah, that is not exactly a warm welcome waiting there for Trump.
Part of the problem could also be that he still owes them money.
Courtesy of Mother Jones:
President Donald Trump is sending “thoughts and prayers” to El Paso, Texas, following the shooting that killed 22 people there. What he’s not sending is the money he owes the city. Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign owes El Paso more than half a million dollars in police bills and late fees for a campaign visit he made in February.
The Trump campaign racked up $569,204.63 in debt to El Paso, the Center for Public Integrity reports. And El Paso is only one of several cities where Trump has rallied and dashed.
Damn, this guy never pays his bills.
No Trump needs to stay the hell away from EL Paso.
Those poor people have suffered enough.