Trump's polarizing trips to Dayton and El Paso

The President denies his rhetoric is responsible for emboldening white nationalists in the wake of a pair of mass shootings that left a total of 31 dead. ABC News' Mona Kosar Abdi reports.
2:30 | 08/08/19

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Transcript for Trump's polarizing trips to Dayton and El Paso
We begin now with a new development in the El Paso massacre at the suspect's mother has now revealed that she contacted police. Weeks before the shooting a family attorney says the mother was worried her son wasn't mature enough to own a hyper powered rifle. As he faces capital murder charges president truck traveled to both cities reeling from the mass shootings. He was met by hundreds of protesters and took aim at his political rival ABC's motor cause our Abdi is here now with the new details Mona good morning. Good morning G on good morning to huge net president trump says his visits El Paso and been attacked local lawmakers recess miss characterized his trip. President trounce calls for unity and healing overshadowed by his polarizing visit to console to grieving communities. Trump and firstly Milan he first touching down in Dayton Ohio Miami Valley hospital releasing this image of the president's visit there. Greeting staff thinking first responders and console in victims all over the world that I heard about the job you. Police law enforcement is first responders but outside the hospital doors hundreds lining the streets. And later a similar scene is Air Force One touchdown in El Paso. Grieving residents they are blaming his words for sparking violence on a lot of distance while his anger. There's promoted growth and he stopped authorities say the suspected shooter 21 year old Patrick crew cius targeted Mexicans in particular. Inside the El Paso Wal-Mart Christie has stated that quote this attack is a response a Hispanic invasion of taxes. Mirroring language trump used a few months prior president trump. Defending his words I don't. We're also learning that Cruz uses mother allegedly called police weeks before the shooting. Concern about her son owning a quote. Eight K type fire arm lawyers for the family say she was transferred to a public safety officer would allegedly stated her son. Was a legally allowed to purchase the weapon. Police say the call was informational not a safety concern. And today in Ohio school board is set to decide whether to release the Dayton shooter school record. Classmates say that he was once suspended from high school for compiling a rape and kill list. The district so far has refused to release those records citing privacy laws and they Andrea GM and Mona we will be watching to see what the district decide thanks for joining us this morning.

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