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US President Donald Trump condemns mass shootings, says 'mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger' but 'not the gun'.
President Donald Trump on Monday denounced racism and white supremacy after two incidents of mass shootings in less than 24 hours massacred 29 people.
"These barbaric slaughters are... an attack upon a nation, and a crime against all of humanity," he said.
"We must stop the glorification of violence," Trump said, referencing what he called "gruesome and grisly video games" and blaming mental illness & "troubled youth" for the recent mass shootings. "Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun," he continued
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America,” the president said in a speech from the White House Monday.
He added that the United States was outraged by the "cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror" that unfolded as 20 people were shot dead while shopping at a crowded Walmart in El Paso on Saturday morning, and nine more outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton just 13 hours later.
(With inputs from agencies)