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we're back, now president trump and the first lady arriving at university medical center in el paso where he's expected to meet with some of the victims of horrific racist el paso shooting. our coverage continues right now. thanks for watching. happening now, el paso visit. air force one just touched down in el paso. president trump will be meeting with victims of the mass shooting and thanking first responders. his visit is sparking protests from el paso residents who don't appreciate his anti-immigrant rhetoric but will the president see or hear them? nice job. today the president visited shooting victims in dayton, ohio and the mayor said he did a nice job of consoling people but added she's disappointed because he offered nothing concrete about stopping gun violence. her news conference sparked a twitter attack from the president as he headed to el paso. why can't he resist getting political? in isolation.
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as the president visits survivors of the attack, sources tell cnn the alleged gunman is on lockdown and in isolation. what are investigators learning about the murderous plot that led him to el paso? and fan the flames. former vice president joe biden aims a blistering attack at president trump accusing him of aligning himself with the darkest forces in this nation. and fanning the flames of white supremacy. stand by for more on what biden and other 2020 democrats are saying about the president. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news. president trump arriving in el paso just moments ago. earlier he and the first lady stopped at a hospital in dayton, ohio, to thank first responders and meet with some of the shooting victims and their fmilies. the president spent his flight between dayton and el paso tweeting attacks on the mayor of
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dayton and ohio's democratic u.s. senator sherrod brown even though when he left the white house this morning, the president told reporters he thinks his rhetoric brings people together. this hour i'll speak with el paso city council member chris and raw hernandez and our analysts are standing by including cnn crews covering the president's trip to dayton and el paso and then back to the white house. let's begin with our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. >> president trump just arrived in el paso to meet with law enforcement and the victims from last weekend's massacre. he is heading to the hospital in el paso right now as we speak. but the president just spent the last few hours blasting away at his critics on twitter including some on the ground in ohio while the president was flying on air force one. even when the cities of el paso and dayton are grieving, the president is airing his
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grievances. facing what is to be a critical moment in the administration, president trump arrived in el paso, texas, to try to comfort another u.s. city traumatized by a mass shooting. earlier in the day he spent times with massacre victims in dayton, high, where he was pressed to do something. >> he can't get anything done in the senate because mitch mcconnell and the president are involved in the gun lobby. >> he was treating about joe biden as he ripped into mr. trump. >> how far from trump saying this is an invation to the shooter in el paso declaring, quote, this attack is a response to hispanic invasion of texas. how far apart are those comments? >> reporter: the president tweeted he was watching and said biden was so boring. the white house insisted the president would play the role of consoler-in-chief but president trump sounded at times that he was consoling himself.
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>> so my critics are political people, trying to make points. >> reporter: dodging questioning about his rhetoric and that he's somehow unified the country. >> i think my rhetoric brings people together. >> reporter: mr. trump was pressed on the el paso gunman's manifesto which appeared to be inspired in part by the president's use of the term invasion to describe migrants and he side stepped that one too. >> you and the shooter in el paso used the same language. do you regret that? >> i think that illegal immigration -- you're talking about illegal immigration, right? i think illegal immigration is a terrible thing for this country. i think you have to come in legally. >> reporter: the president spread the blame around for the outbreak of violence under his watch. >> ip don't like it. any group of hate -- [ inaudible ]. white supremacy, whether it is any other kind of supremacy or ant -- it is antifa or any
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other -- >> reporter: just like around charlottesville. >> you have bad people in that group but you also have some people that were very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: despite striking a tone of unite in the week, he lashed out against beto o'rourke tweeting, beto, phony name to indicate hispanic heritage, o'rourke should respect the victims and law enforcement and be quiet. he fired back. 22 people in my home town are dead after terrorism inspired by your racism. el paso will not be quiet and neither will i. >> we will proudly stand together for one another and for this country and that is what i'm doing with my community right now. >> reporter: after some elected leaders in el paso urged the president to stay in the white house, the city's main newspaper published an open letter to mr. trump that reads, mr. president the hatred of the el paso community didn't come from our city. they remember his visit to the city in february when he painted migrants as criminals. >> murderers, killing, murders.
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[ crowd chanting ] >> build the wall. >> reporter: and we should point out right now the president is on the ground in el paso. he is visiting a hospital there in el paso to meet with some of the victims there after last weekend's massacre. there is a large police presence as you could see on the ground right now outside of the hospital. trying to make sure everything stays safe in that area. we should point out white house officials earlier in the day lashed out at ohio senator sherrod brown and the mayor of dayton as the president did on stw -- twitter accusing them of disgusting behavior for not acknowledging the reception mr. trump received at the hospital in dayton, ohio, but senator brown told reporters that the president was, quote, received well and did the right thing at the hospital. so it is not exactly clear what the white house -- what the president is talking about. as to whether the president will take action on gun violence, a source tells cnn mr. trump is looking at some kind of
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executive order to tighten up the nation's background check system. wolf. >> we'll see if that happens. jim acosta, thank you very much. and also tonight, we're learning more about what is happening to the el paso suspect who gave himself up after saturday's massacre. let's go to cnn's brian todd getting new information. what are you hearing, brian? >> reporter: wolf, we have new information from the investigation on how police tracked the shooters alleged manifesto and new details on his conditions inside of a local jail cell. tonight law enforcement officials tell cnn suspected shooter 21-year-old patrick crusius is being held on lockdown in isolation inside this detention center in downtown el paso. a sheriff's department official said he's being held in a single 7 by 11 foot cell away from other inmates. law enforcement veterans tell us his possible inter action with other inmates is a major concern. >> it just moving him from his area to another area, just to
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make sure that he's not attacked, there is all sorts of things when you transfer, they have to ensure that that person makes it to trial. so as i understand, he's been held in an area where he will be safe from other inmates and safe from himself. >> reporter: but a sheriff's department official tells cnn the suspect is not on suicide watch. the el paso police lieutenant leading the team to track down what they believe is the shooter's racist manifesto tell cnn affiliate woi, police have to sift through false information and panic to find that clue. >> we were able to uncover this manifesto relatively quickly. but we weren't able to attribute it to the suspect until later. >> reporter: tonight investigators are piecing together information on the shooters alleged planning and including his 10 to 11 hour journey to el paso. key questions they're looking at? >> did he talk to anybody. did he indicate anything at all? do you have tape on that? >> you never know who it is that
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is going to see the signs. and people who see the signs might assume, well, i don't know this person very well, someone else is going to report it. that is not a great idea. if there is a problem, anyone who sees it should get involved and report it. >> reporter: former el paso police chief carlos leon is confident this resilient community will recover but he said residents will have serious security concerns going forward. >> there will be a fear factor in all of us as we go to these larger stores, large events. of course we're going to be thinking in the back of our mind, hey, am i safe here? and you start looking around. >> reporter: and tonight walmart itself is having to address those security concerns. the retail chain under scrutiny for not having any security guards whatsoever here on saturday and for the policy of selling guns. walmart officials telling cnn tonight they are reviewing their security protocol at all of the stores and taking a deliberate measure in reviewing policy on
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selling guns. to set the tone more of what is going on on the ground, as president trump at this moment is at the university medical center here in el paso, still a lot of raw emotions and frankly a lot of tension here on the ground. behind me is this memorial where people have come to pay tribute to the victims but on occasion you've had -- spore attic protests and protests at a nearby park here in el paso where people are being very, very passionate about just what is going on here and about president trump's visit. so as the president visits that medic medical center, just a lot of raw emotion. >> let's go to dayton where the president met with victims and their families and local officials. we've spoken with the mayor. what did she tell you about the meeting with the president trump? >> reporter: a couple of things. she was honest about the meeting, wolf. she said the meeting initially
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went well in terms of how trump had responded to some of the victims at the hospital from this terrible shooting. but she also did not hold back her impressions of how she feels as though the president handles the issue of gun control. she said, quote, she does not believe the president is capable of having a real conversation about gun safety. >> -- there to comfort the -- those injured and those victims and he and the first lady did a nice job of that. i would say no, there was nothing concrete that we got out of it but we got to speak our mind about this issue which i think is so important to daytonans and it is disappointing when your community has gone through this much and there is no discussion about what needs to change, what policy matters need to change. it is disappointing. he just uses words that don't really mean anything. so we're going to do something. because i was really like, mr. president, we need to see action. we need to see something done on gun control specifically on gun
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control. we're going to do something. >> reporter: so what you're hearing is the mayor very frustrated and disappointed overall about that meeting with the president. she really feels as though -- was hoping the president would at least commit to something when it comes to gun safety. she said she came out of that meeting with nothing. >> jason in dayton for us. thank you very much. joining us now, the el paso city council member cassandra hernandez. thank you so much for joining us. and i know these are difficult days for you, for everyone in el paso, with so many people around the country. you joined a protest today against president trump. he's in your city right now. what is your message to the president? >> my message to the president is that he is not welcome. for many reasons. because he has dehumanized immigrants and mexicans, people of my community. he has taken no action on gun
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reform and diverted that blame. and worst, he has awakened a hate deep within white supremacists that has caused shootings like we have seen tis weekend. >> on his way to your city, el paso, the president criticized the mayor of dayton who had just hosted him in the aftermath of her city's mass shooting and last night the president tweeted that your former congressman from el paso, beto o'rourke, should be, quote, quiet. are you concerned about what he might say about el paso following his visit there? >> no. i'm not concerned. but i have some advice for him. how about he instead celebrates american el paso heroes that we see here in el paso. like two african-americans, christopher grant who was throwing bottles at the shooter to distract him from shooting a newborn baby, like army
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serviceman glendan oakland who had carried children to keep them from being shot by the shooter. and like u.s. cbp agent for helping bring aid to chris brant and like our first responders and thanking the people who supported this tragedy and the hospital staff and so many more. so i would like to see the president honor our heroes before criticizing our leaders in el paso. >> some el paso residents actually put out signs for president trump. i want to read one of them. this is translated from spanish. it says, mr. trump, no mar acts of racism, acts of hate, acts of terrorism, we are a hispanic country and the hate towards mexicans is not fair. we are three girls, american citizens, our parents are mexican, and we are afraid to go outside, end quote. does that line up, cassandra, from what you're hearing from your constituents?
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>> i hear a variety of things. but i think what is saddening me the most, wolf, is how parents are trying to talk about this to their children. are they next to be shot for being hispanic or migrants? and that is very unfortunate that this is the america that we have created and trump has had no -- has not brought us the words to comfort us, has contributed to the problem. he is part of the problem. he needs to take back his evil words about migrants, about asylum-seekers, about refugees and mexicans and hispanics and people who look like me. and i'm so -- i'm so sorry to the people who are living in fear. but this evil act will not define us. we are more united than i've ever seen before. we're el paso strong. and that is the message that we are sharing with everybody, those who are fearing to live in their own skin. >> president trump said he's looking at background check legislation. but cnn has already learned that top white house officials held
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conversations with the national rifle association, the nra, since the shooting in el paso. what is your reaction to that? >> i think it is a good first step. i'm not -- i'm not confident but i will be optimistic that something comes from that. until we ban assault rifles -- weapons of war, high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, we're not going to see the end of the mass shooting. this is been normalized and commonplace in our nation and he needs to do more than just meeting with nra members who give money and lobby and give millions of dollars to congressman and to senators. we need more than just talk. we need action. we need policy today. >> what is your community right now need most to begin healing? >> i think we need to hear president trump apologize to hispanics who look like me, to the immigrants, i think what we need is for president trump to denounce some of the executive
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orders and the practices of the border patrol and homeland security, leaving migrants in mexico so they can't seek asylum here. we need to see him reverse actions and to apologize to the hispanic and latino communities and to the immigrants of the united states. >> cassandra hernandez, thank up very much. we'll stay in very close touch with you. once again we're monitoring the president. he's in el paso right now. very, very heavy security surrounding the president. he's over at the university medic medical center where he's meeting with first responders and hospital staff and most importantly victims. much more of our special coverage right after this.
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for president, montana governor steve bullock. >> it is great to be with you. >> we have to meet at an awful time. what do you think the impact of president trump's visit in dayton and el paso will be. >> on one hand the impact then continuing the twitter storms of division. i think at the end of the day, i would love to see the impact actually doing some things, like universal background checks, things where he said he could make a difference. but we certainly haven't seen that sort of moral or policy leadership out of this president. >> what does it say to you that on twitter on this flight from dayton to el paso, he's criticizing the democratic senator sherrod brown from ohio, the mayor of dayton, mayor whaley, he's tweeting about that on a day that -- should be so somber, meeting with families and victims of these massacres, a . >> and not just the communities are in mourning, the country is in mourning and shock.
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mayor wyley, we went to the president of mexico's inauguration together. a good person that said decent things about he showed up at the hospital and did the right things but to turn around and make this about him, politically attacking both them and joe biden. our country expects more than this. >> well, if somebody attacks him he goes right back and attacks them even -- on a bigger -- >> you bet. >> that is the nature of this president. but let's talk hypothetically, god forbid if there is a mass shooting in your state of montana, what would you have done if the president wanted to come to montana and meet with survivors and families and first responders. would you have welcomed the president, because some of the leaders, they don't want to welcome the president. >> well i think for a press that says on a monday that we should be united in their voice against racism, bigotry, white supremacy but for the last two and a half years he certainly hasn't walked that walk.
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it is real problematic. but it is the president. you certainly have to welcome him. but you have hopes and expectations then that he would take that moment of moral leadership for our nation and be both a consoler, but also bring our country together on things like universal back ground checks. >> you had a speech today laying out gun control and you are a gun owner and lost a nephew to gun violence. what kind of legislation realistically do you think could be passed in the house and the senate and signed into law by the president that would affect guns, especially weapons of mass destruction here in the united states? >> i think if we could look at this as a public health issue, not as a political issue, we could make it a difference. public health issue would say even gun owners want to make sure they are not in the wrong hands. universal background checks and
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taking away guns where orders of protection are in place. walmart and dick's don't sell assault weapons. there is no reason that we continue to sell them as well. >> realistically, though, you think that could change in the current environment? >> i think back to right after parkland, the president had democratic and republican governors to the white house. and they said it is time -- >> you were there? >> yeah. he said it is time to take action. you as governors shouldn't be afraid of the nra and we'll have universal background checks. but when i was growing up, nra was a gun safety and hunting organization and now it is a political organization doing nothing more than try to divide the country. >> your position on guns changed. when you ran for re-election in 2016 you ran against universal background checks. what has changed? >> i think that our nation is changing. eye lowered even since parkland the flags seven times, a fourth of the times i've been asked to lower the flags by a president
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and that is for veteran's day and mass shootings. it is time that we make a meaningful difference and on universal background checks, the vast majority of republicans and nra members say it is time to do this. >> because when you were running in 2016, in a debate you said in my eight years in public service our second amendment rights have been expanded in montana, not limited. >> yeah. indeed, that is from the time of the heller decision on. i've also vetoed 14 bills that wouldn't make sense for our communities, or for law enforcement, our keeping our kids safe. so i think that the second amendment that is a right but with that right comes some responsibilities. >> let me get in a political question, because if you don't get the democratic presidential nomination, there is a tough fight, 20, 25 candidates out there, you obviously want to change the position on guns here in the united states. would you consider running for the senate if the presidential thing doesn't work out? >> and we have some great folks running for the senate in montana that i think can be --
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steve daines, so that wouldn't be me. but i think -- >> are you ruling it out? because you're a popular governor and if you were to run against the incumbent you have a good chance of winning. >> as others will. so it won't be me. but we shouldn't just talk about the senate seat in montana or colorado, we should talk about how we as democrats are losing places like north dakota last time or indiana. like if we can't make connections all across this country as democrats, we're never going to actually get back to governing. it is not just the white house, it is actually making sure that we have democrats across this country, not just on the coasts. >> a beautiful state in montana. governor, thank you for coming in. good luck on the campaign trail. >> thanks for having me. >> appreciate it. stay with us. we're continuing to monitor president trump's visit with shooting victims and first responders in el paso. as well as the protests by people who don't want him in their city. here, it all starts with a simple...
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we're following breaking news, president trump in el paso, texas on the second leg to visit two cities shaken by mass gun violence this past weekend. the president's earlier visit to dayton, ohio, was met with skepticism from some local officials which generated angry tweets from air force one when the president was traveling. let's talk about this visit that
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the president -- at the hospital now, the university medical center visiting with victims, first responders, medical personnel. what do you think? >> this is a trip that the president had to make. this was a national tragedy, first in dayton and then in el paso. you see there that some people have mixed feelings about him, beto o'rourke for instance didn't want him to go there and i think the end of this is is that he was there in february and he was demonizing that community and demonizing migrants, making the case for the border wall saying the border wall made this place safer when that wasn't really true. so there is a lot of reaction when he visited in february, 10 or 15,000 people showed up to protest so there is residual feelings from that and more than anything they want to know what the president is going to do going forward. first on gun control and gun legislation but also in terms of his rhetoric.
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folks feel like he put a target on folk's back and this is an anti-immigrant incident and they want to know if he will clean up his language going forward. >> how tense is the history with the people of el paso. >> it is pretty tense. i was there in january in el paso and one of the things you learn about the community as beto o'rourke has been quick to point out, is people are proud of the international character of the city. they are proud that ciudad juarez form one city, a lot of mexican citizens come across the bridge on a daily basis and work in el paso. and what trump, who obviously isn't familiar with el paso, has used it as a symbol of his immigration policies. and as a test. they tested the -- they first used the policy of family separations to people who were coming in the check point at el paso and then of course when he
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came there in february and talked about the history of the wall there. there is a wall in el paso. it is very controversial. not everyone in the -- in el paso liked the fact that that wall was built there. so trump has identified el paso in a way that people there don't -- a lot of people there don't appreciate and don't see themselves and we'll hopefully learn a lot more. but this person targeted el paso for a reason. and it was only put on the political radar -- or it was put on the political radar by the president. so enormous amount of tension. >> the person that -- the shooter 's intent is clear in that, what the fbi called the manifesto posted about 20 minutes or so before the shooting began. susan, let's talk about the president. after losing dayton on the flight to el paso he took to twitter to attack democratic lawmakers. let me read a sentence or two. i saw failed presidential candidates sherrod brown and mayor whaley, she's the mayor of dayton, totally misrepresenting
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what took place inside of the hospital. their news conference after i left el paso was a fraud. both of them, brown and whaley, both acknowledged the president was warmly received when he was at the hospital. they were invited to go along with him. but what does it tell you about the president's defensive posture right now, that he would tweet like this after very somber visit to dayton on his way to another somber visit to el paso. >> these are the moments which we do expect a president of the united states to be the president for all people. after national tragedies to be the expression of national grief, to remind ourselves of our shared purpose and our common identity, bring people together. trump has never been interested in playing that role. i think it said a lot about his character and what is in or isn't in his heart that he could go to the places that have experienced absolutely horrifying events and talk to people wounded, talk to doctors who fought to save people's lives and watched people die and this somber thing and be
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essentially completely unaffected by that, to leave that and essentially turn around and talk smack not just about the political opponents but the mayors of the town that have been victimized here. it is astonishing to see, maybe we shouldn't be surprised at this moment, but this is a moment where we could say the people of dayton and el paso deserve better than what the president said in those tweets. >> and no slight can go unchallenged for the president no patter the occasion. he feels he always has to push back and never be above the fray. i wonder if what set him off is what sherrod brown said at the beginning of the press conference which he said he challenged the president to say -- to put the background checks, to call on mitch mcconnell to reconvene the senate and put the backgrounds check bill on the floor this week. the president said we'll try to get something done&in front of a room of officers, he said the best thing to do to protect the officers is to enact an assault weapons ban. it is unclear how the president responded to that.
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so perhaps he felt unnerved by those comments but brown came across as saying rather factually. this is what i said and this is how the president responded. >> everybody stand by. there is a lot more we're watching. we're monitoring the president's visit to el paso right now. there are protests in that city as well. much more of our special coverage right after this. saa my other company out there. they give us excellent customer service, every time. our 18 year old was in an accident. usaa took care of her car rental, and getting her car towed. all i had to take care of was making sure that my daughter was ok. if i met another veteran, and they were with another insurance company, i would tell them, you need to join usaa because they have better rates, and better service. we're the gomez family... we're the rivera family... we're the kirby family, and we are usaa members for life. get your auto insurance quote today.
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meeting with first responders and hospital staff and victims and families. we'll have special coverage of that if we see the president at all. we really didn't see him much in dayton earlier in the day. we did, nia, hear from the former vice president of the democratic presidential front-runner joe biden who accused president trump of fanning the flames of white supremacy in a blistering speech, he really went after the president. listen to this. >> american presidents have stepped up in the past. george h.w. bush renouncing his membership in the nra. president clinton after oklahoma city. george w. bush going to a mosque after 9/11. president obama after charleston. presidents who led, who opposed, chose to fight for what the best
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of american character is about. there is deafening silence now. >> what do you think? >> you know, this was a strong speech from biden. echoing a lot of what we heard in different places from different presidential candidates in this field like cory booker and beto o'rourke. but to stand there and give this lengthy speech, i think it was a real moment for biden. also echoed of hillary clinton. she gave a speech i think in august before the 2016 election about donald trump and about fears about the alt right and whether he was inspiring the alt right. he's coming out right in calling it white facialism, calling it white supremacy and i do think he's getting at a real fear among some voters, this idea that white nationalist terrorism is a threat, according to the fbi and a threat on par with isis in this country, and at the same time there is a president who seems to embolden these folks. the language the president has used was in this manifesto of the el paso shooter. so it was a good moment for
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biden and echoed also of his -- of his announcement. this idea that this is a fight for america's soul. >> he did not mince any words at all. >> yeah. and the challenge is to keep this going. this is a positive few days in the way that he has handle the aftermath of the massacres because i think it has shown his ability to show empathy, something the president has a difficult time doing, to understate that. but biden has gone through a lot of tragedies himself. he's talked -- spoken in personal terms about that and he's trying to make the case that the country is headed in the wrong direction morally and that is what he's trying to contrast with the president. can he continue that on the debate stage in he's much more effective when he talks about these matters but when he starts talking about policy, when he starts talking about his record, this is where he is vulnerable right now but will voters overlook that. >> biden doesn't know if the country could survive four more years of president trump. survive the way the country is
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right now. and i guess that is a great argument to make going into a really contested battle for the democratic presidential nomination. >> yeah. and his whole argument is that it doesn't have to be like this, we can return to normal. and he started his campaign -- he said he got into this campaign because of trump's comments about charlessville so it is really behooves bide tone be out front because this is what he said is driving him to run for president and the examples are powerful, reminding americans there was a time and not just democrats but when republican presidents at these really, really fraught moments of -- when the nra put out a fundraising letter and called government fbi agents at the time jack-booted thugs. george h.w. bush resigned from the nra. after 9/11 when people -- when there was a real fear and -- of rising anti-muslim sentiment, george w. bush made a point of going to a mosque.
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got a lot of criticism from the right for-from some people on the right and biden is trying to remind americans that you can go back to that kind of president. >> do you think there will be any legislation passed? >> we don't see it. we don't know. and right now we're seeing the white house is reaching out to the nra, trying to get sort of the sign off rather than asking the question of what is the best policy to prevent americans from being slaughtered by gun violence and they're interested in being perceived as doing something without angering the nra. >> stick around. there is more, our breaking news coverage will continue right after this.
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. breaking news, the president and first lady are in el paso right now. they're meeting with survivors, hospital staff, first responders at the university medical center. we're watching that very closely. meanwhile, beto o'rourke who used to represent el paso in the u.s. congress is among those who say the president is not welcome in el paso. ryan, tell us more about beto o'rourke's message to the president. >> reporter: that's right. we've been spending most of the day with beto o'rourke. it is counter programming to president trump. he's been very clear that president trump in his mind was
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not welcomed here to el paso. i asked him if he thought it was productive to continue to engage with the president on this level. and then also what it means for his future as a presidential candidate. this is what the former congressman had to say. >> we can't back down. not a single one of us. not this community. a community that he has vilified and demonized since his maiden speech for the highest office in the land when he talked about mexican immigrants. so many of whom have found a home here in el paso. though they commit crimes at far lower rates, he calls them rapists and criminals, has sought to make this country afraid of us. has sought to keep us down. we will not allow him to do that. we will proudly stand together for one another and for this country. and that's what i'm doing with my community. >> i know up you're frustrated by mitch mcconnell. there are texas democrats suggesting that perhaps you should run for the senate instead of running for
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president. is there any part of you that thinks perhaps the whoeft expedient way to get these gun laws in place is to put another democrat in a senate seat and do it from a state like texas? >> no part of me right now is thinking about politics. thinking about any campaign or election. all of me is with and thinking about this community. so i'm going to be here, to be with my home town. to do anything i can to be helpful. so i just need on focus. >> so as you can see, beto o'rourke does not want to talk about politics. as it stands, he has no plans to return to the campaign trail. he told as you few minutes ago that he plans to travel to juarez in the next few days to visit with some of the victims and their families there. his focus, wolf, right now is this community, his home town, his friends and family that he knows were impacted by this tragedy. the last thing he's thinking about is his presidential campaign. his campaign did tell me at this
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happening now, breaking news in el paso. a city rocked but gun violence. some protesters say the president is not welcome after the brutal anti-latino attack. cnn is on the scene as the president's attempts to offer comfort stir controversy. frustration in dayton. the democratic officials vent about the inaction on gun control but say the president's hospital visit was well received. why did that prompt a new twitter tirade aboard air force one? blistering speech. joe biden draws a link between the president's hate-filled rhetoric and the el paso attack. the 2020 democrat accusing the commander-in-chief of

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