Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) has denied the White House’s offer to join President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso this afternoon, citing the president’s “racist and hateful” words, and inability to open up a dialogue about the damage his rhetoric has done to the community.
The freshman Democrat publicly declined the invitation in a Twitter thread on Tuesday, writing: “I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit. I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.”
Escobar explained that she “requested a phone call” with Trump to share stories from her constituents about Saturday’s attack, and to discuss acknowledging the powerful consequences his hurtful rhetoric has on the Mexican and immigrant communities. Escobar was told that the president was “too busy” to have that conversation.
The president visited the families and victims of Friday’s attack in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday afternoon just hours after quoting a conservative television news outlet’s tweet that the Dayton shooter “had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” Hot on the trail of attacking former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke on Twitter for having a “phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage,” Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso later this afternoon.
Instead of accompanying Trump on the latter visit, Escobar noted she would be “spending time with fellow El Pasoans who are dealing with the pain and horror left in the wake of this act of domestic terrorism fueled by hate and racism.”