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brooke baldwin and john berman. cnn has confirmed headquarters of usa today has been evacuated over reports of a man with a weapon at the building. it's happening in mclean, virginia. we're told law enforcement is on the scene, including officers with rifles and body armor. as we get those updates i'll
pass them along to you. days after a gunman opened fire right here in what's referred to as the popular oregon district dmaton, killing nine people in a matter of 30 seconds before police took him down. protestersstreets. we're surrounded by many of them right now. they are grieving, frustrated and demanding that the president and our government do something to stop the threat of gun violence, john? >> brooke, a very similar theme here in el paso. signs are posted alongside the memorial, one of them reads "mr. t, don't invade our city," a phrase we heard from both the
president and the el paso shooter when talking about undocumented inl grants, invasions. the president put a target on the city, one tells cnn, and now he needs, in his words, to peel it off. we'll have much more on that as it develops the next couple of hours. first back to you. >> bringing coverage from both of these cities. i want to start in dayton. cnn white house correspondent kaitlan collins is with me. it's your job to cover the president each and every day. he's here. he's over at the hospital. i saw the helicopters. tell me who he's meeting with and what his message is. >> he's following a path too many times, comes into these cities, tiply goes to the hospitals where some of the vics are being treated, where they've gone. he meets with law enforcement, first responders, at the miami valley hospital right now. it's less than a mile way from
this bar where these nine people were shot and killed. interestingly enough, he stayed behind closed doors in dayton, ohio. he hasn't come out and said anything publicly since leaving the white house. we've seen the president since he was at andrews air force base leaving washington to take that flight before the president left, he was rejecting calls to change the way he talked about illegal immigration and says he doesn't think his rhetoric is to blame for the inflamed tensions and says his rhetoric brings people together, something not something that his critics agree with. like the mayor of dayton, nan whaley, who said he didn't talk about guns enough in that talk. >> she was saying essentially to me that the city is exhausted by
inaction. stay with me. i want to bring in the former governor john kasich. you've been elected to office nine times. you have run this state and know these people as republicans especially. let's start with the president he here, a couple of miles from us. what do you hope he says? >> he doesn't have the press all over this, he has decided to have private meetings. this is not a time for politicians to try to get press. it frustrates her in trying to cover but i think he has done the right thing. i hope when he leaves, he will have words of kindness, words of strength and show the fact that he can feel their pain. being here today and being on the sidewalk -- >> what do you think of this? >> i saw a young woman who had a little baby, and she started to cry, fear for the baby.
what kind of world will this baby have when the baby grows up? i put my forehead to hers and said a little prayer for strength. another woman, 20 years old, knew some of the people who were killed. she was with her mother. i said you need to make sure you talk this out. there's a lot of great pain here. but as you walk around and look, there is resilience as well. they're nice people. they're frustrated. >> they're over it. people are over it. and the sentiment, it seems to me to be pervasive over the last couple of days is that people are ticked off. watching the president leave the white house this morning, it seems to me he left the door open on background checks. >> he came out talking about how
he believes there's room for expanding background checks. maybe taking more restrictive gun measures is what he said after parkland. >> he made promises before. >> he said specifically then they needed to expand back checks. that never happened after parkland. that is the question people have, whether or not that's something that the president is saying because he's coming to places like dayton. if the president supports it, is there an appetite for it in that republican-controlled senate? a lot of people have doubts that there is. >> this, today, should not be about republican or democrat. the people in this country want these changes to come, red flag laws, complete and comprehensive background checks. they want to look into this massive number -- >> this bill has been sitting with mitch mcconnell since february. >> not just that, brooke. i spent a year fighting to pass red flag laws here. now the governor has come out, i
give him credit for doing it, mike dewine, but it's taken a series of 34 major incidents since we saw las vegas, the horrible tragedy in las vegas. i believe it's changing, though. young people, middle age, seniors. >> we can feel it. can mitch mcconnell feel it? >> they need to demand it with him. brooke, while we focus on washington, if we can get the changes state by state, that would be unbelievable progress. do i think they can do red flag in washington? i hope so. the senators have to say to him, man, what are you doing? i want to pass something. and get them together in the white house. get republicans, community activists, faith leaders. >> they tried that before. >> the president did that. dianne feinstein was there. he was talking about being open to measures that she proposed
and she was thrilled. you could see it on camera, something that went viral. >> it didn't go through. >> she was so thrilled with it. that's the question. after the president backed off, he met with nra leadership. white house officials have been in conversations with top nra officials. we don't know if the president has had those conversations himself but when he's back in washington, back around those republican republicans. >> forgive me for sounding aek s exasperated. >> we all are. you being on the air, she's talking about it, keep the heat on it. the people want this done. that's how it will work. >> >> don't go too far, kaitlan. we'll be back here in dayton, ohio. john, to you in el paso.
>> looks like we're going to see what you're seeing in a few hours. if the president wants background checks, he could probably get them, if he pressed mitch mcconnell and republicans in the senate. he will arrive here in el paso in a little bit. we don't exactly know what his schedule is here, but we can expect he will visit with first responders and victims as well. he will likely avoid the writings of the shooter. drawing direct parallels. mother emmanuel ame church in south carolina, the site of the hate crime that killed nine black pachlt arishionors. booker says the hate in el paso did not start with the hand that pulled the trigger. >> it was sewed by those who
spoke the same words the el paso mutterer did, warning of invasion, sewed by those who spoke of infestation of disgusting cities, rats and rodents. it was sewed by those who have drawn an equivalence between neo nazis and those who protest them. it was sewed from the highest office in our land where we see in tweets and rhetoric hateful word words that ultimately endanger the lives of people in our country. people of color. immigrants. >> here in el paso, there are multiple planned protests against the president's visit. you know, the president was here in just february.
people here in el paso know the president, know what he has said before, and they remember it. watch this. >> in the last two years alone, 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or quicked of approximately 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, 25,000 burglaries, 11,000 robberies, 4,000 kidnappings and 4,000 murders. murders. murders. killings. murder murders. >> that was just february. now he comes back here at the beginning of august, following a mass shooting here. nick valencia is at the site of one of the planned protests and that speech in february is in
the minds of a lot of people gathered behind you. >> reporter: john, the conversation and the narrative is largely focused around president trump, naturally, because he's visiting here. in speaking with el pasoans, they say what can't be lost is exactly what this was. this shooting was a blatant, racist attack simply because of the people's color of skin, who their parents are, what their last name is. border network for human rights, sorry, fernando. how has this impacted the latino community? >> a few months ago we saw malicious, white supremacists came to el paso. i engaged with them in a public debate. they say they were coming to the border, responding to trump's call to action to stop the
invasion. that's exactly what happened this weekend. >> when i talk to people here, they say this shooter came from 600 miles away, 10 hours away to come here to carry out attacks on latinos. there are latinos in dallas. why do you think he came here? >> el paso is very symbolic. we've recommended immigrants and refugees for many, many years. it's part of our nature, part of our history. they came to attack exactly that. and el paso has responded to every action of this president, children in cages and they were attacking this in our community. >> what cannot be lost, this was the same city where zero tolerance policy was rolled out, where migrants were held under a bridge outside by who used to be the sector chief here. they say president trump in the last two years has been obsessed with el paso. >> two messages.
first was affirmation that we will continue to welcome immigrants. that's what we are. but the second is that trump is not welcomed in this community because of what he represents. he is part of the problem. he incited violence and hate in our community and we cannot welcome that. >> he had a rally here in february. thousands showed up. how do you explain that? and fernando, are you not doing the same thing you're accusing the president of, saying you're not welcome here? he's saying immigrants are not welcome. aren't you doing the same thing? >> no. the president must repent. he needs to ask for forgiveness and stop his language and attack against our community. then we can sit down. then we can set the dialogue and welcome him. he has shown no regrets. he has not shown any remorse and
has not taken responsibility on this. >> a group of el pasoans say the office of the presidency is welcomed here. they don't feel, though, that president trump is right person to bring healing. is that how you feel? >> this is not about the office of the presidency of the united states but a person who became president because of racist rhetoric against my family, my community, calling us rapists. i cannot have a dialogue with that kind of person. >> this is personal? >> very personal and for most of our communities. we are mourning but also reflecting on what has happened and the responsibility that this president had in this. >> reporter: fernando garcia, thank you for taking the time. john nrk talking to this community acres lot of people know that i lived here basically this surm, spent monday through friday here the last five of the seven weeks and they're angry here, very upset. as i found out earlier, it's not
enough. they feel as though they're targeted. the president didn't create fear, racism, or hate but he's certainly doing a good job at fostering that and dividing the country. john? >> we've heard the anger here all morning as well, nick. anger also to be fair, fear. fear of being targeted. we'll send it back to you, brooke. >> thank you, john. richard biel, the police chief in dayton here, literally grabbed you from across the street. appreciate it. my goodness. what a 24, 48, 72 hours you all have been through and still are going through. the president is here. you are not meeting with him. >> a number of officers involved in the response to the mass
shooting here on sunday, meeting with the president and assistant chief carper, who literally responded to the scene and was acting chief in my absence -- i was in washington, d.c. -- want to make sure he had an opportunity to meet with the president at miami valley hospital. >> can you tell me anything about that? >> i wasn't there. i don't know what the conversation was. in general the president intended to thank the officers for the actions that took which were vital and saved lives. >> and were heroes. i can't tell you how many times -- i was at the firehouse. a bumplg of guys and gals met with the president today, all of them deferring to you all. 30 seconds. he had murdered nine people. 30 seconds, your officers took him down. can you describe what you're feeling, what this community is feeling days out? >> profound sense of gratitude certainly for myself.
immediate engagement. effective action to end that threat. sense in gratitude that i have, the whole department has, citizens here overwhelmingly coming up to us and thanking us, everywhere we go, for the alcohol that was taken that night that saved lives and injuries of probably a significant magnitude. had he made it inside that bar -- >> he made it to the front door. i was inside red peppers. they allowed one camera crew and we were it yesterday. the guy inside the bar said the gunman was down, in front of their front door. had he not been stopped they were elbow-to-elbow inside that bar. >> exactly. >> you can finish my sentence. >> absolutely. >> can i ask you about the investigation, writings they may have found. can you tell me anything more
about that? >> there was some initial materials recovered in the search warrant. we had an opportunity to review those based on what was contained in those materials, concerns are raised about a pattern of behavior of these violent ideations, expression of desire to be involved in a mass shooting and carrying that out. that clearly emerged very early on. radical ideologyies. pursuing those investigations and we have a lot of digital evidence. receiving priority attention. we won't really know more until we have a chance to dive into that digital evidence. that's going to take some time. >> chief biehl, an honor. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> my honor. >> thank you very much.
we're waiting. we are here in dayton. won the president leaves here, he heads to el paso. we'll continue our coverage in both states. hospital officials here in dayton will be speaking live on the visit of the president of the united states. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we'll be right back.
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the president does not need to see protesters today to know that some el paso residents don't want him here. that was written in an open letter to him asking the president not to come. the letter reads, in part, a visit from you will only result in our community's inability to begin the long journey of healing and prolong the heartbreak and anger that all of us are feeling right now. jj martinez, director of communications for the el paso county democrats. has your group heard from the president at all? >> no. the white house refused her call. he doesn't want to talk to the stit sithing congresswoman of el paso, he certainly won't reach out to us.
>> how will his visit prolong the suffering here in el paso? >> he somehow managed to shift the narrative to the families to all about him. he somehow managed to transform an event that's rippled out there our community and made it about him again. we understand he is the sitting president of the united states. no part of my life would i have imagined to come attack to you and say we don't want a sitting president to come to el paso. it boggles my mind. i hope today when he comes to el paso, our mayor, who has agreed to meet with him, will express those sentiments to the president and does voice the concerns of this community who, as you can see behind me, is grievin grieving. >> so he's coming, you know that? >> yes. >> i guess i would ask how,
then, can you make this a positive? >> right. it's going to be a celebration of el paso, our culture. somebody who doesn't have access of weapons of war on our streets, that we call on our elected officials. it's going to be a celebration of el paso, grieving with our community coming together. it's not about him but what steps we can take to ensure this doesn't happen again. >> during the break, we were talking it's hard to stand here. you told me the first time you saw the building after the massacre, you cried. what was that like? >> when it actually happened, i was at a church acres two-minute drive from here. police officers, s.w.a.t. team
coming into our parking lot as a point to gear up. we had to lock down the church. this is a church with young children. at that time, it was surreal. and you get the alert on the phone. it's happening. then you pass by. and you just can't -- and part of you doesn't want to look but you have to. it's families you know, maybe you don't know but a friend of a friend knows and you have to grieve. >> j.j. martinez, thank you for being with us. >> thank you so much. up next, cnn's exclusive footage showing the dayton shooter in a bar with his friend and sister hours before he began shooting. and a fox tv host ignores the evidence. he lies. and fbi director claims -- with a claim that white supremacy is a hoax.
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the gunman's movements in the hours leading up to the rampage. the video shows the 24-year-old shooter, walking into a bar, called blind bob's just to my right, right here saturday night with a woman who appears to be his sister, and this friend wearing a t-shirt, shorts, sneakers. no sign of the shooter, mask and body armor that he later put on before murder iing nine people. noah gray, it's so nice to have you on. i've seen you all week long. there are cameras up and down this stretch of town, getting your own timeline of the shooter. >> we're viewing exactly what the police are viewing right now. they're trying to re-create that night, look at all the surveillance in the area. that's what we started doing as well. law enforcement source tells me that they're looking at about
100 different camera angles from neighboring businesses here. most of these are small business owners. >> and you went door-to-door? >> i've been going door-to-door sunday, figuring out where police say he parked his car and we know where he ended up at the end of the night and we know the first 911 call came in. i tried to backtrack, go down the alley, found a couple different angles, spoke to law enforcement sources and people in the bars who told me that people in the bars, employees, believe that they saw the shooter in one of the bars friday night and on saturday night. law enforcement source also confirmed that to me. i went back to find that surveillance video. >> okay. >> and we find them in there. >> you see them? >> we see them, yeah. >> the shot from blind bob's just over there, of the shooter, the sister and this third person. >> yeah. >> about an hour before. >> yeah. >> he murdered nine people? >> exactly. we have some of that video.
okay. so we have a few different pieces of video. we see around 11:09 p.m., we see the three of them enter blind bob's bar. this is after law enforcement source tells me he parked around 11:00 at a neighboring lot. this law enforcement source tells me that he paid for parking, they believe. we're still trying to obtain the receipts. we believe he paid for parking. it's a $3 parking lot, before he went into this bar with this companion in question. by the way, we have shown all of this video to friends of acquaintances, our teams have found friends and acquaintances of these people and they've confirmed, yes, this is the companion. this is the sister. this is the shooter. so, law enforcement said they were in the bar that night and they started drinking. law enforcement source tells me. and then we see them in there. and then we also see the shooter, around 12:20-ish leave the bar after he talks to the
bouncer. you're looking at it right now. he sort of speaks to the bouncer for a couple of seconds, very casually. then he walks outside. we don't know where he went at that point. >> that's the mystery 40 minutes or so? >> 40 minutes or so, we don't know where he went. clearly he went somewhere and got his -- >> police don't know if it's the car or he had put the body armor somewhere and turns around? >> that's correct. that's correct. i talked to the chief as he got off air with you. he told me that they're still trying to figure out that 40 minutes. they're still collecting video evidence. they're going around, still trying to figure that out. 40 minutes is a mystery. the sister and the companion, we see in video. >> we don't know whether he was in touch with either of them? >> police say he was in touch with the companion. we don't know if he's in touch with the sister. we see the two of them walk out of the bar minutes before the shooting. >> before he murdered his own sister. noah gray, thank you so much for finding that video. i appreciate it very much.
so, john berman, let's send it to you in el paso. >> thank you so much, brooke. i want to tell you what's happening behind me right now. it's been a little bit of a scene. first, let me tell you where i am. this is the memorial outside the walmart that has crosses for each of the 22 victims here, candles and pictures of the victims here. this scene that started five minutes ago, a couple of people, one of them wearing a maga hat, and they were surrounded by people who didn't like what they had to say. i don't know who started what. there was a pretty loud confrontation. cameras surrounded them. there was a lot of shouting and then there was a chant, i think, by people who realized that this is not the place for them, not near those crosses. people chanting "no more hate." now we have someone with a loud speaker reading bible verses and it has begun to disperse, as i said, in front of these crosses,
in front of these memorials. this is not the place where we've seen things like this, political demonstrations these past few days. hopefully, it won't continue but for a moment it got quite tense there, brooke. moments from now, hospital officials in dayton, they'll speak live about the president's visit. plus more on our breaking news. headquarters of usa today has been evacuated over reports of a man with a weapon. with my hepatitis c,
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i'm john berman in el paso. the man who gunned down two dozen people behind me has written a rant. that makes this claim all the more outrageous. listen to what fox reporter and trump whisperer to say about white supremacy. >> if he were to assemble a list of problems in this country, where would white supremacy ben on this list? probably right there with russia. it's not a real threat. white supremacy, that's the problem. this is a hoax. just like the russia hoax. it's a conspiracy theory, used
to divide the country and keep ahold on power. that's exactly what's going on. >> joining me now is cnn's resident fact checker. daniel, there's a lot wrong with what tucker carlson just said, a litany of things. offensive, for one thing. beyond that, it's just not true. it's a lie. you've dug through this. what have you found? >> it's utter nonsense. white supremacist violence has been a problem in the united states since the founding of the united states and it's certainly a problem today. you would think this would be obvious in the wake of a massacre of 22 people in el pa is. o since it isn't, let look at what experts and law enforcement officers say. here is a clip from christopher wray a few weeks ago testifying in front of congress. >> through the third quarter of this fiscal year, had about, give or take, 100 arrests in the international terrorism side.
we've also had just about the same number, again, don't quote me to the exact digit, on the domestic terrorism side. a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we've investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence. >> he's not saying it's the only extremism problem but ist certainly is an extremism problem. the center for hate and extremism cal state san berne dino, 17 of 22 extreme homicides were committed by white supremacist, 18 of 34 by domestic extremists in 2017, according to the government accountability office 23% of all domestic extremists, homicides between 9/11 and the end of 2016
were committed by far-right people. not all of those far-right people were white supremacists but many of them were. i printed out a brief list. white supremacists killed two immigrants, neo nazis murdered a college student. there are dozens of these. the claim that white supremacy is not a problem at all -- you could argue there are bigger problems, but to say this is a hoax is utter, abject nonsense. >> it's a lie and it dishonors the victims who were killed behind me and their families. remember, daniel, there's a company paying him to say that, advertisers paying to allow him to say that. g guests who go on to hear him say that. lindsey graham and blumenthal are moving to make sure we can have a national red
flag law about there's a piece in that legislation that would actually make ohio and texas be a plt for cities to be able to go right to the federal courts. i reiterated that. and then the senator was very eloquent about some of the things he had to say. >> thank you. the mayor has shown unbelievably good leadership. i was here sunday, much of the afternoon with the mayor and the police chief and people from some of the first responders that saved lives. we saw some of them today, too. we met all the police officers who unquestionably saved the lives of dozens and dozens and dozens of people in the oregon district. both of us spoke with the president right when he got off air force one. both the mayor and i asked the president to call on senator mcconnell to bring the senate back in session this week, to tell the senate that he wants it to pass the house and wants it
on the floor. i asked the president to promise to me and the american people to sign that bill. he has only said that we will get things done. i later then asked the president to, i said if you care about mental health many people who support the gun lobby consistently say it's not guns. it's mental health. it isn't mostly that, but too many guns in the street. when i said to him how important it is if he cared about mental health the important thing is not to repeal the affordable care act and not to cut medicaid. that is essential because medicaid matters so much for people who struggle with mental health issue. we just met with police officers in the hospital, in the conference room and the president said we want to give honors and awards to these police officers. i said respectfully, mr.
interest group. that has a lot from the government. >> senator, both of you and the mayor have been critical of the president before. initially, you were not going to meet with the president. you changed your mind. i'm wondering, a lot of the american people feel we have heard all this before. we have been in this situation in the past. did either of you hear anything at all that would lead you to believe that this time something might be different? >> i changed my mind about coming. i didn't want in any way to encourage the president's racist talk and divisive talk. i came because mayor whaley asked me to come. i came because i thought i would have a chance to talk to the president about mental health issues, not cutting medicaid and talk to the president about putting pressure on senator mcconnell to ban assault weapons, which congress did for a ten-year period once, bipartisanly, and to get the president -- if the president
tells the congress pass an assault weapon ban, if the president says pass legislation for universal background checks, the republican congress and the smith will move on it and the house will undoubtedly move on it. we can do that. >> this for us in dayton, we hope so. i'm not holding my breath. you know, too often we see complete inaction because we th are waiting for time for people to forget nine people died in dayton because of a gun that was -- that shouldn't be legal, frankly. you know, we pointed out, i pointed out to the president that now governor, former senator mike dewine, voted for the assault weapons ban. there was a time when this was bipartisan. we are looking for people in congress to come together, because the majority of americans agree, so this should be an action. do i think that we are going to see another mass shooting tomorrow or friday? probably, because washington
will not move. >> reporter: it seemed like somebody ready to take action or someone who said let it die down? >> this is the first time i met the president, so i don't think my ability to look in his eyes going to give you any insight on what he is thinking. sorry? >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> no, no. i mean, the conversation at the airport was pretty brief. he was moving quickly towards us and it was like, you know, mr. president, the city of dayton and people of dayton are looking forward to some action. that's that you can do to help us, is get some action on gun ledge salt lake city. >> specifically talk about his tone? >> no. >> i'm very concerned about a president that divides in his rhetoric and place race in his rhetoric and is racist. i remember president bush, he wanted to privatize social security.
he lied about the iraq war. he went to a mlk and said muslims didn't attack the united states, terrorists did. president obama, after the two most awful shootings of all the shootings, sandy hook and charleston, went to comfort them and talked healing, talked in sane healing language. i wish this president would do that. we talked about medicaid and getting congress to move. i don't know the president intimately, but i will continue to call publicly on all of those. >> reporter: he was received well by -- >> they are hurting -- >> what did he say? >> he was comfortable. he did the right things. melania did the right things. it's his job, in part, to comfort people. i'm glad he did it in those hospital roomgs. >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> i think it was a good decision for him not to stop in
the oregon district. >> >> reporter: why was ithat? >> how many of you were here for the sun vigil? okay. you saw some of the anger and agitation in our community about it. i think a lot of people that own businesses in that district aren't interested in the president being there. a lot of the time his talk can be very divisive, and that's the last thing we need in dayton. i have been proud of it. i haven't paid a lot of attention to the response today. you might know something i don't know. if the senator and i literally just got back from a hospital, we didn't have cellphone service and then came right here. >> i would say as someone who doesn't live in dayton and admires the mayor so much, i would say this community has been extraordinary from the night it happened with the police to the rescue people that showed up from all of the suburbs, five from the city a another 15 from the suburbs that got there within 20 minutes.
the people at the hospital were terrific. people showed, when the president of the united states came, they showed respect for the office. a number of them said they are not great admirers of him privately, but they clearly showed respect for the office because the president of the united states is in town. that's one of the reasons i am here in addition to the mayor's request. i think this town has been extraordinary from the kkk rallies to the rally to what happened in the tornado in trotwood and here and in beaver creek. >> reporter: what were you calling the senator about what you did today and whether you work together on trying -- >> yeah, rob and i didn't talk substance today about these issues. we talked for a moment about the work on pensions. it wasn't a time to spend a lot of time talking to each other. we have a good relationship. we differ on the issue of guns. we hope we can find some common ground on this, but so far we
haven't. i'll leave it at that. >> reporter: mayor, what can you tell us about what you would tell people about the oregon district in terms of suburbs, people being willing to go there after this, you know, the next few days of coverage dies down? >> we want people to come. this is the local spot. these are local business owners with local restaurants. so, you know, we want people to come and really support the district. we will be having some activities over the coming months for people to come down in larger forums. you will hear more about that later. the best thing you can do, number one, you can de nate to the dayton fund. the dayton foundation for those victims that have been hurt. number two, call the president and senator port man and thank congressman turner for action around guns. and also your state legislature, because the dewine stuff is coming. so there will be movement there. so, you know, calling, calling, calling about i'm from dayton and i want action on this will be very important. then, number three, you can
support our local businesses in the oregon district. those are three things people can do easily. >> the oregon district, as you all know, far and wide is known for maybe almost any place in the state a bunch of individual locally-owned businesses. not big chains and all that. >> reporter: do you have plans to meet with the family? >> no, you know. they are a victim family, too, because of megan. we have victim advocates for efrl single family. they know very well if they want to reach out to us, we are there in a heartbeat. we know how tough it is for families, so we are giving them the space. i plan on going to the visitations in the coming weeks. >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> i can't comment on it because i haven't seen it. one more question? >> reporter: senator, you were calling on mitch mcconnell to -- since sunday. any progress on that front? with corbyn saying there is consensus on the issue of ex banded g banded background checks, are
you confident -- >> i have said repeatedly soon after i called nan and decided to come to dayton right away and went on a national show and called mcconnell to do that. i talked to senator schumer since then. he is on board. a number of democrats have now called on senator mcconnell to come back. i have seen no action yet. i mean, mcconnell's got to break his addiction to drug company -- well, drug company money, too, actually, to break his addiction to gun lobby money, and he hasn't seemed to take a step in that direction. >> that's it. >> do you think this helped the healing having the president come here? >> i think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the president of the united states came to dayton. i want to thank senator brown for coming here, too. >> i haven't worked 72 hours like most of you in the press anrps.