Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas will shun Donald Trump on his visit to El Paso, Texas, as the city mourns a mass shooting. The president will visit both El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday—the scenes of two mass shootings over the weekend that left a total of 31 people dead. “I declined the invitation because I refuse to be an accessory to his visit,” said Escobar, who represents El Paso. “I refuse to join without a dialogue about the pain his racist and hateful words & actions have caused our community and country.” Escobar also claimed she requested a phone call with Trump to discuss the shooting, but was told he was “too busy.” Trump’s visit to El Paso comes after a man opened fire at a shopping center, killing 22. A 21-year-old white supremacist is in custody.
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