Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released a statement Saturday calling “white terrorists” a “real and present threat” in the wake of the El Paso, Texas, shooting and stressed that they should be defeated.
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) August 4, 2019
“I believe fighting terrorism remains a national priority. And that should include standing firm against white terrorism here in the US,” Bush tweeted Saturday evening. “There have now been multiple attacks from self-declared white terrorists here in the US in the last several months. This is a real and present threat that we must all denounce and defeat.”
“All terrorism must be stopped. I am praying for the victims of the shooting in El Paso. And I am asking that all Americans stand firm against all forms of terrorism,” added Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said that an alleged manifesto written by the shooter was a “potential nexus to a hate crime.” The manifesto allegedly railed against immigrants in Texas, criticized Republicans and Democrats, and stressed keeping a European identity in America, NBC News reported.
The El Paso shooter allegedly killed 20 people and injured 26 others on Saturday, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced it would treat the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.”
Bush is the latest among several lawmakers who have denounced the El Paso shooter. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced Sunday that the El Paso shooting was a “heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy.”
We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation.
We are all Americans and we are all standing united with El Paso.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 4, 2019
President Donald Trump also condemned the shooting, calling it an “act of cowardice” in an early Sunday morning tweet:
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019