WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 4, 2019) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in response to this week’s deadly shootings:
"My heart is with the families of loved ones lost this week in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton. I know our country can and must do better than to keep allowing this hate-filled domestic terrorism to continue.
“It is dangerous enough to have sick extremists spewing hate in fringe corners of the internet, but when it is the President of the United States it is drastically more serious and instructive to those whose views it reinforces. Some of it is coded or implied, while other times it has been decried on a bipartisan basis as patently racist and offensive.
“We cannot have a president telling Americans that Hispanics are rapists and criminals, African countries are shit holes, predominantly black cities are filthy and disgusting, minority members of Congress should 'go back to where they came from,’ but that white supremacists are very fine people.
“It is impossible to ignore the impact of President Trump's reckless and divisive language. This week, we saw firsthand how tragic it is when these disgusting views turn into violence against our communities.”