Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) lashed out at President Donald Trump for using
Friday’s deadly mass shooting at
an Egyptian mosque to keep up his push for construction of
a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“What an idiot,” Vela tweeted Sunday in response to a Washington Post
piece analyzing Trump’s suggestion that a border wall
would effectively stop Muslim extremists from entering the
Vela, an outspoken Trump
critic, questioned whether the president “foolishly”
believed such a wall could have prevented the 9/11 attacks, as
well as the wave of mass shootings plaguing the country,
including the ones in Las Vegas last month and at a Texas
church earlier this month.
What an idiot… Does @realDonaldTrump
foolishly think a border wall would have prevented 9/11,
Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, and
— US Rep. Filemon Vela (@RepFilemonVela)
November 26, 2017
Some details remain unclear over Friday’s attack in Egypt,
which left at least 305 dead in the Sinai region. No group has
claimed responsibility, though gunmen carried the black flag
of the Islamic State during the attack. Trump almost
immediately used the attack to peddle his border wall and
tighter immigration policies.
Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to
discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of
life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before,
and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the
people of Egypt.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
November 24, 2017
Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised his
supporters “a big, beautiful wall” if elected. But in the more
than 10 months since taking office, Trump has failed to make
any significant progress on it.
There’s little evidence to suggest terrorists are crossing into
the U.S. using the southwest border. Only “a handful” of people
with ties to Islamic terrorist groups have ever been caught
attempting to enter the U.S. from there, the Post reported
In most U.S. mass shootings, the gunmen are white, male U.S.
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