Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso tweeted Tuesday that she declined to meet with Wednesday to meet with of this weekend’s shooting. Escobar, a Democrat, wrote she refuses to “join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words and actions have caused our community and country.”
Mr. Trump is visiting El Paso as the city continues to recover after a on Saturday, killing 22 people and wounding dozens more. The Justice Department said it is treating the incident as domestic terrorism.
The 21-year-old suspect in Saturday’s shooting is believed to have written a racist screed expressing support for theand denouncing the increasing in Texas.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Escobar noted her public comments linking Mr. Trump to the suspect’s words, and wrote Mr. Trump “has a responsibility to acknowledge the power of his words, apologize for them, and take them back because they are still hanging over us.”
But, Escobar wrote, she was told Mr. Trump is “too busy” for the call. As a result, she said she declined the invitation because she refuses to be “an accessory to his visit.”
Escobar’s predecessor in the congressional seat, 2020 hopeful racism and hatred that — that not only offends us, but — but changes who we are as a country and produces the kind of violence that we saw in El Paso.”, has also publicly asked Mr. Trump not to come to El Paso. On Sunday, that Mr. Trump “not only tolerates, but invites the kind of
Camilo Montoya-Galvez contributed to this report.