Trump Refusing to Speak to Congresswoman from El Paso, ‘Too Busy to Speak’

Donald Trump is preparing to visit El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday, appearances that will not be universally welcome as the two cities grieve from weekend mass shootings that left 31 dead and many injured and rattled.

Trump confirmed this trip with a tweet on Tuesday:

Several Democratic officials have urged Trump not to visit El Paso, a city of about 683,000 with a largely Latino population, in the aftermath of Saturday’s anti-immigrant attack at a Walmart Supercenter that left 22 dead.

Democratic congresswoman Veronica Escobar requested a private call with Trump on Tuesday, but she was refused.

For the record, here was Trump’s schedule today:

Officials in El Paso are still investigating but believe the alleged gunman posted a manifesto that echoed Trump’s harsh rhetoric on immigrants, notably describing his attack as “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

“This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso,” former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke tweeted late Monday afternoon. “We do not need more division. We need to heal. He has no place here.”

Twitter had some thoughts:


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