If there is any fault other than the shooter, it's liberal fools. President Donald Trump linked the suspected gunman in the Dayton mass shooting to liberal candidates and organizations Wednesday, even as he pushed back against critics who tied the El Paso attack to his own comments on immigration. Posts from a Twitter account that appeared to belong to Connor Betts, the 24-year-old Dayton shooter, endorsed communism, bemoaned Trump's election and supported Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president. Betts killed nine people including his sister Sunday before officers fatally shot him.
"If you look at Dayton, that was a person that supported, I guess you would say, Bernie Sanders, I understood; antifa, I understood; Elizabeth Warren, I understood," Trump said. Antifa is a reference to anti-fascist protesters. The assault in a nightlife district "had nothing to do with President Trump."
Trump and White House officials stressed repeatedly that they have avoided blaming liberals for the Dayton shooting, but they noted again and again that the shooter was an apparent supporter.
Mass shooting suspects "are sick people. These are people that are really mentally ill, mentally disturbed," Trump told reporters shortly before departing for Dayton to meet with first responders and victims.