Trump Visits a Grieving El Paso ๐Ÿ˜”

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Deepened divisions

Days after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump announced his plans to visit the two cities. However, his intended appearance in El Paso aroused strong mixed reactions from residents and lawmakers.

The outcome

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo welcomed the president. Though some residents looked forward to Trump's visit, others felt that his anti-immigration rhetoric was indirectly responsible for the mass shootings. Pres. Trump's eventual arrival was met with both support and protests, as was the case during his stop in Dayton. After, he concluded to reporters, โ€œWe had an amazing day.โ€


TO VISIT:

Fox: Trump to visit El Paso mass shooting site, in spite of Dems' warning to stay away

Townhall: Paying Respects: President Trump is Headed to El Paso and Dayton

Coverage supporting Trump's presence in El Paso emphasizes the unofficial tradition of presidents visiting locations of tragedy to provide a sense of comfort to a grieving nation. Headlines also pose Democrats and protesters' resistance as spiteful and threatening to the president. 

NOT TO VISIT:

NBC: Heal or divide? Amid their grief, El Paso residents brace for Trump's visit

The New Yorker: โ€œThereโ€™s Blood on Your Little Handsโ€: Trumpโ€™s Visit to El Paso Energizes His Opponents

Those against the president's visit focus on personal stories of those close to victims as well as locals' feelings of grief and heartache, especially in the Hispanic community. Coverage also focuses on Trump's failure to provide comfort and his attacks on politicians, including Beto O'Rourke and Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar.  


Where's the common ground?

While there is little common ground between supporters and protesters, both sides seem to agree that the priority moving forward is to provide relief for those grieving in El Paso, Dayton, and the rest of the country. 

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