'Do something': Protests as Trump visits Dayton shooting victims

'Do something': Protests as Trump visits Dayton shooting victims

Later on Wednesday, Trump will visit the Texas city of El Paso, on the border with Mexico, where 22 people were killed at a Walmart store on Saturday by a 21-year-old man who had posted an anti-immigrant "manifesto" online.

Critics hold Trump's racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric and periodic endorsement of white supremacist tropes largely responsible for the El Paso massacre.

But in El Paso, where more protests awaited, Raul Melendez, whose father-in-law, David Johnson, was killed in Saturday's shooting, said the most appropriate thing Trump could do was to meet with relatives of the victims.

Nearly all of the patients at the second hospital, Del Sol Medical Center, declined to meet with Trump, the source tells CNN. Police in riot gear kept watch.

Emotions are still raw in the aftermath of the early Sunday morning shooting rampage that left 10 dead, including the gunman, in the city's popular OR entertainment district.

Outside the hospital, at least 200 protesters gathered, setting up a "baby Trump" blimp balloon and holding signs reading "Do Something", "Save our city", and "You are why".

Trump then tweeted photos from his so-called "rock star" reception at the OH hospital.

The overwhelming majority of patients at two El Paso hospitals the White House had reached out to in preparation for Trump's Wednesday visit said that they did not want to spend any time with the President, an individual who had been briefed on the matter tells CNN. The writer also espoused leftist ideas, such as universal income, and explicitly stated his opinions predated Trump. "Some of them said they didn't want to meet with the president, some of them didn't want any visitors".

Trump later criticized the two Democrats for their comments, saying on Twitter the news conference they held was "a fraud. The love, respect & enthusiasm were there for all to see".

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Trump noted that the Dayton gunman's social media accounts showed Connor Betts had left-wing political views, supporting Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Antifa, anti-fascist protesters. Some of them didn't want any visitors'.

In Dayton, Trump told shooting survivors that "you had God watching".

We're not interested in talk of video games, and mental health and blah, blah, blah.

But the traditional presidential role of consoler-in-chief blended awkwardly with accusations that Trump is himself to blame for rising tensions in the United States over race.

"They're lying. The hatred predates Trump". It admonished Trump for calling El Paso one of the country's most unsafe cities in his February State of the Union address.

The killer deliberately sought out the city, claiming to be stopping an "invasion" of illegal migrants - a term popularized by Trump repeatedly in campaign speeches. "But the people of Dayton deserve a President more focused on protecting them from gun violence than protecting his own ego".

"Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech". The two communities affected were Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

The visit comes amid calls for new gun safety measures, including from Ohio's Republican governor, Mike DeWine, who introduced a major plan for new background checks and increased penalties for gun law violations in the state.

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