Some 29 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is using the incidents to raise money so she can get to the White House.
Complete with a reader trigger warning, the Harris campaign invoked the slayings, and begged for bucks in an email titled, “No more thoughts and prayers.”
What’s worse, offering thoughts and prayers after a tragedy, or fundraising off it?
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“Yesterday in El Paso, 20 people lost their lives at a shopping mall,” Harris’s email began. Her statement was inaccurate: it was at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista mall.
“It was a Saturday afternoon. They were killed by a man with an assault rifle, and it was over in minutes.
“And then, late last night, nine people were killed during a mass shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, by a man wearing body armor, wielding what has been described as an ‘assault-style weapon.’ The shooting lasted no more than one minute,” the email reads.
“This is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed,” she writes.
“We have to act, and we have to act now,” Harris concludes.
Her rival Robert “Beto” O’Rourke blamed President Trump for the carnage.
He said of Trump, via Breitbart:
“We’ve had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years during an administration where you have a president who’s called Mexican rapists and criminals. Though Mexicans commit crimes at far lower rates than those born in this country, he has tried to make us afraid of them to some real effect and consequence. Attempting to ban all Muslims from this one the day he signed the executive order, the mosque in Victoria, TX was burned to the ground. Those chants that we heard in Greenville, NC — ‘Send her back,’ talking about our fellow American citizens, duly elected to represent their constituents in the Congress, who happen to be women of color.
“He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country. And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country, and it leads to violence. And again, there are still details that we are waiting on, but I’m just following the lead that I’ve heard from the El Paso Police Department where they say there are strong indications that this shooter wrote that manifesto and this was inspired by his hatred of people here in this community.”