Ivanka Trump Says White Supremacy Is 'Evil That Must Be Destroyed' As Democrats Blame President for El Paso Shooting

Ivanka Trump denounced white supremacy on Sunday as 2020 Democrats and politicians sparred over whether President Donald Trump's racial rhetoric encouraged the hate and violence involved in two mass shootings over the weekend.

"White supremacy, like all other forms of terrorism, is an evil that must be destroyed," the president's daughter tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

"As your nation mourns the senseless loss of life in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and prays for the victims and their loved ones, we must also raise our voices in rejection of these heinous and cowardly acts of hate, terror an violence," she added in another tweet.

White supremacy, like all other forms of terrorism, is an evil that must be destroyed.

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2019

A gunman reportedly opened fire at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, leaving 20 dead and at least 26 others injured. Authorities told the Washington Post that they are investigating a manifesto, allegedly written by the shooter, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, that includes strong anti-immigration sentiments and sympathy for the Christchurch shooter, an Australian gunman involved in attacks on New Zealand mosques that left 49 dead earlier this year.

Hours later, on Sunday morning, a separate attack in Dayton, Ohio killed nine.

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to condemn the "hateful" El Paso attack as an "act out cowardice."

On Sunday, the president denounced both shootings as "senseless attacks." "We condemn these hateful and cowardly acts," Trump added. "Through our grief, America stands united with the people of El Paso and Dayton. May God be with the victims of these two horrific crimes and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends."

Despite the president's remarks, 2020 candidates, led by former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, argued that Trump's racial rhetoric played a part in encouraging white nationalists to commit acts of hate.

Trump "is a racist and he stokes racism in this country," O'Rourke said on Saturday. "And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence."

The former congressman continued to blame the president during an appearance on ABC News on Sunday. Trump "doesn't just tolerate, he encourages the kind of open racism," O'Rourke said.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has issued similar remarks linking the president to the attacks. "Our country is under attack from white nationalist terrorism, inspiring murder on our soil and abetted by weak gun laws," he tweeted shortly after the El Paso shooting, before then telling Fox News Sunday that the Trump administration validates white nationalists.

"Well, there's no question that white nationalism is condoned at the highest level of our government," Buttigieg said on Fox News. "Right now, you see it being echoed by the White House and there is a measure of responsibility that you just can't get away from when you have case after case of racial rhetoric coming out of the White House."

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Advisor to the President and first daughter Ivanka Trump speaks during a State Dining Room event to mark the one year anniversary of the “Pledge to America’s Workers” July 25, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. Trump on Sunday condemned white supremacy after the El Paso shooting. Alex Wong/Getty