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then we see the u.s. hitting back, calling it a currency manipulator. it's exhausting and no end in sight. kate. >> alison, thank you so much for that. we're keeping a close eye. hello once again, everyone. thank you for joining us for another hour. i'm kate bolduan. my colleague, erica hill, is joining me from el paso, texas, all throughout the hour. we have details about this weekend's massacre in el paso and dayton, ohio. we also have new reporting from capitol hill on the one person who will decide if congress will take any action or not in the aftermath. first, though, let's get back to el paso. erica has been standing by. erica? >> reporter: hi, kate, good morning. we're tracking all of the latest developments when it comes to the investigation in the wake of this tragedy. we're also speaking with members of the community. they are preparing for a visit from the president tomorrow, and they're, as you know, kate, a lot of reaction, very vocal
reaction. we'll bring that to you as well this hour. >> thank you, erica. the white house says that president trump will also be visiting dayton, ohio, tomorrow as that city grieves after the weekend shooting rampage that left nine people dead, 27 people injured. there's new information coming out almost hourly about how the attack played out. social media postings that police are looking into and a history of threats that the governor called a very clear problem today. cnn has obtained exclusive new video of the first moments when the shooter opened fire. it's from a surveillance camera capturing the gunman as he comes out of an alleyway really. the video is grainy but that makes it no easier to watch. you can see the dark figure of the gunman moving between the two umbrellas and you can see how packed and busy the area was at that time of night. nine people killed in under 30 seconds. the shooter's motive still not clear. the police chief very specifically saying that they are still investigating but also saying they have not seen an
indication that race is a motive. one thing is clear, there were warning signs in dayton dating back to high school for this gunman. here's what his ex-girlfriend says now. >> this isn't about race. this isn't about religion. it's none of those things. this is a man who is in pain and didn't get the help that he needed. people go every day being perfectly fine with having mental illness, me included. and he just -- he got the short end of the stick. no support system. >> cnn's polo sandoval is joining us from dayton with much more on this. polo, what are you hearing? >> reporter: kate, first off you'll see the cluster of cameras and journalists behind me. basically they're waiting to hear from dayton's mayor who is expected to speak any moment just outside of that bar where the shooting happened just about 48 hours ago here. what we do know is there was
this twitter account that could potentially shed more light on who the shooter was or give us more insight on him. it did include several extreme left-wing posts as well as some anti-police and pro antifa messages on there. however, it's very important to point out that police have recovered some other writings and at this point they are prepared to say that they have found nothing that would suggest that this was racially or politically motivated, as we heard from the police chief yesterday. in his own words, they are not close enough for establishing a motive. to try to establish an answer to that question of why that shooter would take that weapon and walk down this street behind me early sunday morning opening fire, killing nine people, including his own sister. i can also tell you the people here are also still mourning but they're really frustrated. we witnessed just about two days ago here during a candlelight vigil where some of the supporters here, some of the mourners interrupted ohio
governor yesterday, mike dewine, asking for him to do something. and now we understand that he really does seem to agree with that kind of statement, just recently introducing multiple measures that would potentially be considered gun reform. that includes the implementation of background checks, for example. so there would certainly be some support from the community here in dayton, ohio, where they are preparing to potentially see president trump here very soon as we wait to hear from dayton's mayor any moment now. >> it does seem like at this moment there could be real movement in ohio. it all depends on what the governor can do with the state legislature there. definitely something to be watching now. polo, thank you so much. really appreciate it. we are learning more about the nine lives taken too soon in dayton, including 25-year-old nicholas cumer. a friend writing this in his hometown paper, "the pittsburgh post-gazette." he wrote this. he was the weirdest, coolest guy. he looked like adam levine.
every girl adored him and every guy wanted to be him. the kid made everyone happy. joining me right now is someone else who knew nicholas cumer. karen wonders, the founder and director of the maple tree cancer alliance where nicholas was working. karen, thank you so much for being here during this very difficult time. >> yes, thank you for having me. >> how did you hear that nicholas was one of the victims, one of those killed? >> well, i was actually out of town over the weekend speaking at a retreat, and i woke up, you know, and i checked my phone, as i always do and saw a news alert about a mass shooting in dayton. you know, the first thing i did was i checked in on the people that i cared about. one of the people i sent a text to was my team at maple tree cancer alliance. i just sent them a simple text that said, hey, heard about the shooting last night, is everyone
okay? to be perfectly honest, i never in a million years expected that three of them would have been involved in the shooting. but quickly after sending that text, i got a phone call from one of my trainers who told me. i just -- i couldn't even process what she was saying. it felt like -- it felt like the world just kind of stopped suddenly while we were on the phone. >> everything that i've heard about nicholas is just -- it makes it even more difficult to think about that he was killed in such a horrific way and such a cruel way. he was an intern at your cancer center working with patients. you actually just -- i was reading had just offered him a full-time job. what did you see in him that made you want to hire him full time? >> you know, i think it's so important with our organization, we're doing exercise training for people who are in the middle of cancer treatment.
really what we're looking for whatever we hire people is that they're compassionate and caring and brave enough to stand with someone and to encourage them when they're in the darkest time of their life. and when you talk about the characteristics that nick had, he embodied all of them, so much so that we're getting ready to open up a new office here pretty soon. when we were looking at the people to hire, he was number one on our list. he was the first person that unanimously our leadership team wanted to offer this position to. >> is there something about nick, as you call him, is there something about nick, a story that kind of comes to your mind in these moments that you want to share? >> yeah. you know, we all got together sunday night just to kind of talk through everything. one of the things that stuck out to so many of us was just that he always made eye contact with people. and i think that that's not something that you can teach,
especially a 25-year-old, younger guy just coming out of school. and when he worked with his patients, he would always look them in the eye. and for that hour he was with them. he made them feel like they were the most important thing to him. and, you know, that just speaks volumes, i think, of the person that nick was and how he just really was so serving of other people and wanting to encourage and wanting to provide hope and really just wanting to care for others in his life. >> such a loss. tragedies like this, of course, there's no other way to say it. just ripple effects of sadness that happen with a death like that of nick. i mean said another way, i guess, in a more positive way, the huge impact that a life like that -- a light like that has on other people. i mean how are you dealing with the fact that nicholas is not going to be coming back to work?
>> yeah. as the executive director of maple tree, i definitely feel the weight of this. you know, nick was here on an internship working at an organization that i started, and i feel like a lot of times i can talk about, well, this is my dream and this is my vision for our organization. he was here and he was making that a reality. he was very vocal about the fact that he wanted this to be his career. he wanted his career to be at maple tree. and i just feel like there's a huge hole right now, not only in my heart but in our organization as a whole. we're just -- we're taking this very hard. >> karen, thank you for coming on. and thank you for sharing your story. and thank you for the work that you do. thank you so much for that. nick's family, we can only imagine the pain that they're going through right now and we lift them up right now. thank you. >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you so much.
let's turn back to el paso right now and get back to erica hill. she's on the ground for us. erica. >> reporter: kate, thank you. we are learning more today from police about the alleged gunman. they're saying he purchased this weapon legally near his hometown of allen, texas. that's about a 10 to 11-hour drive from where we are here in el paso. and as for why this walmart behind me? the suspect according to police said he got lost in a neighborhood and he found this store because he was hungry. i want to bring in now rosa flores who has more on the investigation. it's interesting that that's what police say he's telling them. you've had this conversation as have i with people that frequent this store. a woman said we think this is on purpose. this is what we call the mexican walmart. people come here all the time, specifically coming over the border. >> absolutely. people from both this community and from juarez come here all the time. and we haven't been able to get close to that walmart, but i can tell you i'm from a border town.
as a kid, i remember going to the equivalent of the mexican walmart here and looking at the license plates. because as a curious kid, i wanted to know where the people were from. you could see this mixture of both mexican state license plate and also texas license plates, so the same thing happening here in this community, like most border communities. you have individuals who have family members on both sides of the border. like you said, we are learning more from authorities about the gunman, about this investigation. they're very tight-lipped about some details. we do know from court documents, for example, that he has lived with his grandparents for the past two years, that he has been unemployed for five months, that he has no income. and of course authorities linking him to that four-page manifesto and the u.s. attorney's office saying that they are investigating this as domestic terrorism and following up with federal authorities for
possible hate crime and firearms charges. so i think a lot of developments will come in the coming days and weeks. we haven't heard the last definitely from authorities. we're going to be asking a lot of questions. >> you've also been talking to -- you've been talking to members of the community about so much, but specifically in the last 24 hours about the president's impending visit. and there is a lot of strong reaction to that plan for the president to come here. >> you know, there are mixed emotions. people from this community don't want the president to be here and then there's people in this community who believe that it's his duty as commander in chief to be here with the people of el paso. now, from talking to some individuals, they say that they just can't reconcile the president's words, his policies when it comes to immigration and his presence here because this attack was anti-latino, anti-immigrant, because of that four-page manifesto that is filled with racist comments.
and so they're having trouble welcoming president trump here because, like we were saying, this is a border community. just a few miles down the road there are hundreds of central americans who are waiting to seek asylum when normally when you seek asylum in the united states, you're allowed to enter. you don't stay in the harm that you're trying to escape. and so people have very raw emotions. here's what some of them had to say. take a listen. >> just a little nervous about how the public is going to react to him coming back after saying so many negative things about mexican people and stuff like that. it's kind of heart breaking, but that's the world we live in today, so -- >> i'm hoping for the best. i would hate for any more violent acts to happen with his visit, but i do appreciate that he is coming down. >> now, in this memorial behind us, erica, there is one thing
that really symbolizes this community. there are two flags behind us, a mexican flag and a u.s. flag and they're sewn together. they ripple with the wind. it's a true symbol of this community and what people here have told us. we are not going to be divided by this hate. we are not going to be divided by what happened in the walmart that you see behind us. it's just such a symbol of what we're seeing. >> we should point out the mayor saying yesterday in response to the president's visit it should not be a political visit. but to your point this is a community that does not have an international border. rosa, thank you. still to come, we're actually going to speak with the chairwoman of the mexican-american legislative caucus here in texas to talk about the impact of this horrific attack that was targeting specifically the latino community. and later, republican senate majority leader mitch mcconnell holds the keys to any action in the senate on any measure. with that reality, does senator
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welcome back. the white house has announced president trump is planning to visit el paso, texas, and dayton, ohio, this week. he'll be here in el paso tomorrow. a number of local residents telling cnn, though, they don't want him to come. joining me now is texas state representative mary gonzalez. she represents
el paso county at
the state capitol. you're also the vice chairwoman of the mexican-american legislative caucus. on the question of the president, we've heard mixed reaction from folks. the mayor said this shouldn't be seen as a political visit. do you think the president should come here tomorrow? >> as a state representative, my first thought is the healing of my community. what we hear from the majority of the people here in the community is that it will interrupt their healing. el paso is the most welcoming and loving community in literally the entire country. i think maybe under different circumstances there would be a different reaction, but right now all we want to take care of is the families who were traumatized, the community that is still healing. we don't really -- a lot of people don't believe that his visit will really support those efforts. >> i was speaking yesterday with manuel oliver. his son, joaquin, was killed in the parkland shooting. he would have been 19 on sunday. he was in town to paint a mural here. one of the things he
told me was the activism that he and his wife have engaged in since
losing their son, they were reluctant to speak specifically about different communities and specifically the latino community because he said we wanted the country to understand this was a problem that affects all americans. but he said that has changed for him now in the wake of what happened behind us. what does the conversation need to be about the latino community and what's being the target that they have become in this country today? >> i think that's part of the larger narrative. what i have seen in this community alone for the last year is a year ago we had thousands of latino children in tents just 20 miles away. a month and a half ago we had the clint detention center, a crisis where 700 kids were in a detention center and where children have been dying across the border just for being latino immigrants. >> and that's your district. >> that's my district. now we're here. this community, my community has been at the forefront of this crisis and where la teen y issus
are front and center. this guy got in his car, drove nine hours and came here. we can't have this conversation without talking about race and identity in this country. >> i'm going to have to stop you because the mayor is speaking, mayor nan whaley in dayton, ohio. >> the perfect answer of legislation that will solve every single gun problem down the road but we need to start working and moving toward that direction and i think governor dewine has started doing that. both the actions of him, senator brown, senator portman, senator turner coming and seeing this and witnessing the love, grief and outpouring has had an effect on him. >> can you say if this incident is politically motivated? >> what incident? the incident of trump coming? no. i have really no new news on the investigation today. >> do you think that the president can unite -- help
unite things tomorrow? >> everyone has it in their power to be a force to bring people together and everybody has it in their power to bring people apart. that's up to the president of the united states. >> mayor, one of the things -- >> what about assault weapons? >> i'm in favor of a ban on assault weapons. i've always been in favor of that, even before this. i think this gun is a problematic issue. the issue is if he didn't have a gun like that, we wouldn't see so much death that happened in 30 seconds that occurred. and i shared that with the president when he called me sunday evening. >> mayor, do you believe that the president will help bring this community together tomorrow? >> look, i have no sense of what's in president trump's mind at all, right? i can only hope that as president of the united states that he's coming here because he wants to add value to our community and he recognizes that
that's what our community needs. that's all i can hope. >> have they reached out for a meeting with you, mayor? >> yes, they have. >> and is that going to happen? >> yes. >> do you have a schedule of what he's going to be doing? >> i do not have information on the schedule. >> after his remarks wrapped up yesterday, what was the first thing that went through your mind? >> i'm sorry, his remarks yesterday. >> yes. when he addressed the nation about the shootings and also -- >> of toledo? look, i'm disappointed with his remarks. i think they fell really short. he mentioned gun issues one time. i think, you know, watching the president over the past few years on the issue of guns he's been -- i don't know if he knows what he believes frankly. >> when he did misspeak and say toledo instead of dayton, what was your immediate reaction? >> my immediate reaction is that people from the coast never understand ohio and they think all ohio cities are the same. it's an exhausting issue that we have all the time.
you know, if we had people from power centers really invest and pay attention to our communities, we'd all be better off. >> the governor's plan for early intervention seems like it was very applicable here. >> right. i think definitely the governor is trying to make steps that have affected here. he has been very clear, he called me last night about this. we had a discussion about it. he said, look, i don't know if these things would have changed dayton, but i think dayton happening has changed his movement on some of these things. i should also say i think the governor has been working on these for a few months. he said that to me. so this isn't something that he got together -- maybe it sped up that process, but i think he's been working on this. >> you have all these teachers in town right now. and so early intervention seems like it's very applicable today and for sunday morning. >> right, with the dayton public school convocation and as we go back to school and having those assets. let's also be clear, the mental health issue that we're talking about to increase mental health
capacity in this state has been an issue since the great recession. so having just that done, i don't think it has per se as much to do with the gun issue. it does have a little bit. but we need mental health access overall. we see that with the opioid epidemic, we see that every day in our communities. we see that with people that have survived this. we need more mental health access. >> is enough being done at the federal level to address gun violence? >> absolutely not. look, i think the federal -- what do you see in d.c.? you see a lot of nothing happening on a lot of stuff. common sense gun reform is definitely an example where nothing has happened. so yeah, we want something to happen there too. >> is there an update on the investigation? >> no, we don't have much of an update today. that's why i just came here really quickly to talk to you all. >> will you express these views to the president when you see him tomorrow? >> absolutely. >> you are? >> absolutely. look, if i'm telling you, i'm going to tell him. he probably will hear it from you all better than he hears it
from me. >> what are you going to say? >> how unhelpful he's being. his comments weren't helpful on guns. >> do you believe he's coming too soon? >> look, he's the president of the united states. he does his calendar, i do mine. >> your reactions to the comments by -- >> they're really just heart breaking. here you have a woman that lives 40 minutes from here. our community is aboutin cluesivity, our community is about bringing people together. to say that on the heels of these deaths, i think she just represents what is so disgusting about american politics today. and i commend the ohio republican party for calling for her resignation. i commend the profile in courage, the warren county
commissioner shannon jones who always speaks truth to power. i hope she resigns, because that kind of hate does not -- and there's a lot of interesting stuff in the ohio state house, but definitely that does not belong there. the victims have their victim advocates so they have not asked to reach out. we give them their space. i do plan on visiting the hospitals this afternoon. >> going back to governor dewine's address talking about mental health, we had all those tornados, now this. how important do you think that's going to be at the start of the school year now? >> i think mental health is a really, really big issue. i think guns are a big issue too. i want us to be careful to not just put them together as one. they are connected. but we have a mental health issue that affects gun violence and we do have an issue with guns. so, you know, the straw purchase part that he talks about, the background checks, are really, really important. if you just do mental health and
don't do gun work on common sense gun legislation, we will not be successful in this fight. >> the identification of kids on social media? >> i'm pleased with these flag laws. >> have you heard about the ex-girlfriend's essay about some of those red flags? >> no, i have not been. i let the police do their investigation. i think it's important to give them space. and then when it's time, they'll brief us. but i know that they're doing everything as quickly as they can. >> mayor, have you heard any more about what happened with the high school investigation into the hit list? >> no. i don't have any updates on the investigation this morning -- this afternoon. are you guys good? thank you. >> thank you, mayor. >> you're hearing right there from dayton mayor nan whaley, kind of updating reporters and saying some really interesting things. asked about the president's visit to dayton, she said she
will be meeting with president trump but chose her words very carefully saying i have no sense what is in donald trump's mind, but i hope that he is coming here to add value to our community and then saying that she was disappointed with the president's remarks yesterday. saying they fell well short. she also doesn't know that he knows what he believes when it comes to guns. much more from dayton coming up. also coming up next, senator kirsten gillibrand says he's poised to take on president trump in 2020. right now looking at -- looking at the senate, what does she think about what is poised possibly to happen there in terms of action on gun legislation with senator majority leader mitch mcconnell at the helm? we'll discuss that and much more, next. every day, visionaries are creating the future.
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long time. what restrictions, how much, for whom, what time period? what is different right now is there is one singular figure in congress with the power to decide what action or not takes place on any of it. the republican senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. there are new calls for action from capitol hill, including this morning a bipartisan plea from the top senate democrat and a new york republican. listen. >> today peter king, a republican, myself a democrat, are here to say enough is enough. we are calling on leader mcconnell to bring the bill that passed the house that peter king bravely sponsored to the floor of the senate asap. if that bill comes to the floor of the senate, i believe it will pass. >> senator mitch mcconnell has issued a statement in the aftermath of the shooting saying the republicans are prepared to do their part, adding this. partisan theatrics and
campaign-trail rhetoric will only take us farther away from the progress all americans deserve. how real is the spirit of bipartisanship on this, considering what the country has seen over and over again, which is no action really after the mass shootings before this? cnn's lauren fox is on capitol hill and has been looking into all this. lauren, what is mitch mcconnell going to do? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, a person familiar with mitch mcconnell's thinking tells me he is very serious about potentially putting something on the floor of the senate, at least having a process. he's dispatched three committee chairmen to come up with some kind of plan. what that looks like is very unclear. we know some of the red lines for republicans. they include not banning so-called assault weapons. we've also talked about background checks, is that one of the potential opportunities for republicans and democrats to come together. there was that vote back in 2014. it failed. is it an opportunity now to bring that back. that's one of the questions. we also know that there has been
agreement within the senate judiciary committee between republicans and democrats to incentivize states to pass red-flag laws. that's another potential place where they could finding some kind of bipartisan agreement. but there still is no indication that majority leader mitch mcconnell will bring members back from this five-week august recess. it's still unclear whether or not the president's focus will still be on gun legislation when they return in september. kate. >> that is a great point, lauren, one to remember. thank you so much, really appreciate it. let's talk more about this. joining me is democrat presidential candidate, senator from new york, kirsten gillibrand. senator, thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. >> just on lauren fox's reporting, i wanted to get your gut reaction to those close to mitch mcconnell are telling lauren that he's, quote unquote, serious about allowing the senate to have a process on bipartisan, bicameral
legislation about letting a process go through. what does that mean to you? >> i don't know what he's waiting for. i don't know what republicans in the senate are waiting for. they should be calling on mitch mcconnell to bring the senate back to vote on this today. there should be no more excuses. we've seen gun death after gun death, families being slaughtered just doing their back-to-school shopping. this is ununacceptable. we need leadership in the u.s. senate. mitch mcconnell should call the vote. we should vote on universal background checks which already passed the house. we should vote on a federal anti-gun trafficking law which i worked on and got 58 votes the last time. we should actually pass a ban on military-style assault weapons and large magazines. the reason why these shooters could kill so many people so quickly is because they were using weapons of war. we see people who are fueled boy hate hunting down other
americans using weapons designed solely for the military. it's an outrage. the silence by republicans in congress, particularly in the senate, is deafening. >> have you -- are you hopeful that something is different in the aftermath of this shooting, that there is a groundswell or a movement, i'll say from the ground up maybe that you think is different, somehow different this time? are you hopeful or are you -- at this point have you given up on congress getting anything done that you want to see done when it comes to gun measures? >> i'm absolutely not giving up. i think the american people's minds have been made. they want action. they want action now. and unfortunately president trump is unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions. he's unwilling to recognize that he spent four years demonizing the most vulnerable, being racist in his rhetoric and his
language, calling mexicans rapists. talking about people at the border invading this country and infestations. what does he think is going to happen? he has emboldened white supremacists. he has emboldened white nationalists. it has all now come home to roost. so he needs to take responsibility. he needs to call on mitch mcconnell to bring the senate back and pass these three common-sense measures. >> i've seen some republicans in the senate say they want to see a background check bill come up for a vote just on that singular issue. i've seen susan collins and pat toomey and mike braun of indiana, they all told "the new york times" that. do you think this could be a new moment for your republican colleagues that aren't named mitch mcconnell? >> i've been waiting. i've been waiting for the last two years of president trump's presidency for courage from the republican party, for the steel of their pabackbone to somehow
emerge because it's not happening. this is no greater moment than now to do it, to say we must do the common-sense things today. i hope today is the day they will stand up, demand a vote asking mitch mcconnell to call us back into session so we can vote. these are the kinds of things that we can do now. we know what to do, and it could protect lives. >> public calls mean a lot, and they can make a difference on many fronts. i do wonder when it comes to senator mcconnell, have you had your staff reach out to his office to make this simple request of coming back into session? i wonder if you think that is -- that would be worthwhile? >> i publicly called on him to call us into session repeatedly the last two days on every national network. i think there's no more invitation he needs. but what i'm really concerned about is the real problem is the greed and corruption in washington. you have the nra, which has such a chokehold over members of congress. they don't want any of these common sense measures done.
and because too many members of congress are beholden to the nra's money and to being raided by them that they are unwilling to stand up to do what's right. we need to get money out of politics. we desperately need publicly funded elections. i have a comprehensive approach to do that that experts agree is the most transformative ever recommended or certainly ever put forward in a presidential campaign. and so we want to get this done. this lack of action i think is really caused by this fundamental rot at the center of washington, which is the love of money. >> love of money is definitely alive and well in washington, that's for sure. you did not like what president trump had to say yesterday, to say the least when i was looking at your twitter and your commentary. after trump spoke, president obama put out a statement of his own. in part let me read you for our viewers part of what president obama said.
he said this. we should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments. leaders who demonize those who don't look like us or suggest that other people, including immigran immigrants, threaten our way of life or refer to other people as subhuman or imply that america belongs to just one certain type of people. now, obama has rarely spoken out. i wonder what you thought of his remarks. do you wish -- it's pretty clear who he's talking about, but do you wish he had called president trump out by name? >> no, i think president obama's statement is exactly what we expect of national -- of presidents in our country and of national leaders. i think he said very thoughtful words. but i just remember when my friend, gabby giffords was shot, and president obama's leadership
at that moment was what the nation needed. they needed a healer in chief. they needed someone that would recognize a young girl lost her life because she showed up to see her congresswoman do her job. that shooter was able to kill so many people in seconds because he had a military-style weapon. this problem has only grown under president trump. the division and the hate and the fear he has created in communities across this country is so harmful. so i'm grateful to president obama for being the president that we love and need right now, saying the right words at the right time. he did that for a nation after that shooting in arizona, and i wish this president had even an ounce of the courage that president obama has. >> senator, thanks for coming on. thank you for your time. >> thank you. still ahead for us, president trump, he didn't just talk about an invasion at the
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the attack behind me that took 22 lives was a direct response to the hispanic invasion of texas. that's according to the hate-filled manifesto police believe was posted by the suspected shooter. that narrative of a so-called invasion in this country also echos what we hear from the president. >> this is an invasion. i was badly criticized for using the word "invasion." it's an invasion. people hate the word "invasion"
but that's what it is. it's an invasion. i call it invasion, they always get upset when i say invasion, but it really is somewhat of an invasion. because i consider it an invasion. that's an invasion. that's not -- that's an invasion. some people call it an invasion. it's like an invasion. but this is an invasion. and nobody is even questioning that. >> that catch phrase to shore up support ahead of 2020. take a look at this re-election -- these re-election campaign ads. these are circulating on facebook. they all have a very clear message. build the wall to prevent the invasion. joining me now is cnn technology reporter. brian, i know you have new figures here on just how prevalent these invasion ads have been. >> yes. according to facebook's own political ad archive, president trump and his campaign have taken out some 2,200 facebook ads that mention the word "invasion." now, obviously these ads are targeted toward mostly southern
states, older voters, and it's mostly those who are most likely to see these types of ads. i took a look at some of them. many of them cost the campaign less than $100 each and reached less than a thousand people each. when you add it altogether, 2,200 ads could potentially mean as many as 2.2 million people saw them across the life of these advertisements. now, these ads mentioning invasion, that's more ads than those that mention obama, jobs and china. and so you sort of get a sense for how widespread this language is when you take a look at it in those terms. >> it also gives you a sense of where the re-election campaign feels it should be in terms of the narrative. it's not just, though, those ads that we're seeing and not just from the president. other republicans are starting to follow suit, brian. >> that's right. we've seen candidates for the
u.s. senate from north carolina, alabama, tennessee even glomming on to this language and deploying it in their own facebook ads suggesting it has wide appeal among some voters and that it's going to be an issue even as we head into 2020. >> brian fung, appreciate it today, thank you. kate, brian points out what is obviously a very clear narrative and likely not the last we've heard of it. i'll hand it back to you in new york. >> erica, thanks so much. coming up next, a mother went to walmart to sell lemonade to raise money for her daughter's soccer team. she was shot and desperately trying in those moments to find out what happened to her daughter at the very same walmart. one family's incredible story of survival, next.
as the communities of el paso and dayton mourn the loss of now 31 lives, we're hearing incredible stories as well of kindness, hero iism and surviva. one mother was at the walmart with her daughter and her daughter's entire soccer team. cnn's gary tuchman has more. >> reporter: she is recovering after being shot twice at the el paso walmart. she had first heard what she thought were fire crackers, but then saw the gun and the gunman. she tried to run away.
>> i threw myself, i saw him reloading the gun. >> and what was the demeanor? what was he doing? what did his face look like? >> normal. >> normal? >> normal. >> not yelling? >> with all the time in the world. >> she heard the gunshots ringing out. she ran and didn't realize right away she had gotten shot. >> you have a bullet that hit you here near your elbow, and you have a bullet, do you mind, that hit your foot. when were you shot, before you hut yourself down on the ground or after? >> i have no idea. >> she was at the walmart with her 10-year-old daughter and several members of her daughter's soccer team. they were selling lemonade as part of a fund-raiser. but her daughter was outside a different part of the store. she didn't know if she was alive and the gunman was still shooting outside as she hid. >> i saw him walking towards us. at that point, i said, what do i
do? >> she says she played dead. >> and he shot eight more bullets. i found them because i said one of these is going to be mine. >> were you afraid that your daughter had already been shot? >> i don't know if she was by herself or other people. >> horrifying minutes went by. the shots stopped. she went in the store, out of the store, back in the store and finally found her daughter and the other girls on the soccer team. they were all okay. >> what was the first thing you did and she did? >> i ran. i ran towards them and i yelled her name. they were all in a little ball just shaking. holding each other. she saw me, and she saw me like, mom, i see you. at that moment, her face
changed. and she got scared. and that's when she realized that i was bleeding. >> maribel also realized two of her daughter's soccer coaches were also shot. one of them on the right is in critical condition. he stepped in front of other members of his family. >> she sacrificed his health for his son, his daughter, and his wife. >> she hasn't seen her daughter in person because of the shootings. because of the measles outbreak, children aren't allowed in the hospital. >> when you see your daughter for the first time since she's not allowed in the hospital to see you, what's going to happen? >> we're going to cry. i'm going to hug her so hard. she's not even telling me, mom, let me go. she's not. she's going to hug me right back. >> gary tuchman, cnn, el paso,
texas. >> thank you so much, gary, and thank you all so much for joining me. thank you, erica, for being on the ground for us all throughout these two hours. really appreciate it. anderson cooper and brooke baldwin pick up our special coverage right now. kate, we will take it. thank you so much. i'm brooke baldwin live again in day dayton, ohio, where we are learning more about the man who killed nine people including his own sister in a mass shooting that happened along this street and ended just across the roadway. the gunman left a twisted trail on social media, while friends say he showed an interest in violence. >> and i'm anderson cooper in el paso, texas, a city that is vowing not to let a deadly anti-latino attack perpetrated by a white supremacist define it. a