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“Kill every fascist,” the shooter declared in 2018 on twitter, echoing a rallying cry of antifa ideologues. Over the next year, his tweets became increasingly violent. “Nazis deserve death and nothing else,” he tweeted last October. Betts frequently flung the label “Nazi” at those with whom he disagreed online.
In the months leading to his rampage, Betts expressed a longing for climactic confrontation. In response to an essay by Intercept writer Mehdi Hassan titled, “Yes, Let’s Defeat or Impeach Trump—but What If He Doesn’t Leave the White House?” the shooter wrote: “Arm, train, prepare.” By June he tweeted: “I want socialism, and I’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round understanding.” Last week, he promoted posts that demonized Sens. Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy’s resolution against antifa extremism.
Last month, an antifa militant firebombed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Tacoma, Wash. Police say Willem van Spronsen was killed after he aimed a rifle at them during the attack. His gun had apparently malfunctioned before he could fire. In his manifesto, he called for his “comrades” to take up arms in confronting the ascendant fascism of the state. In one of Betts’ tweets before he extinguished the lives of nine fellow Americans, he responded to a person asking if van Spronsen had been a “villain or martyr?” Betts flatly replied: “martyr.”
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said.
Trump's decision to mention violence on "many sides" immediately drew scrutiny.
Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, spoke at the Mother Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, where a white supremacist killed nine people in 2015. CBSN contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright joined CBSN from Washington for more on the senator's speech and how other candidates are addressing the problem of white supremacy.
"I guess you could say a lot of the times the bigger problem is the retweets. You know, a lot of the times, you'll retweet something that sounds good, but it turned out to be from a player that's not the best player in the world. That sort of causes a problem," Trump continued.
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"Cory Booker Campaign Demands Trump Cancel All Campaign Rallies; ‘Inspire White Nationalist Attacks’
Trailer for gory Universal movie The Hunt about 'liberal elites' kidnapping 'deplorables' from red states and killing them for sport is pulled by ESPN in the wake of mass shootings
Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announced Wednesday that he will lead a group to Sen. Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky, urging the Senate majority leader to "get off your ass" and advance gun control legislation.
Ryan's comments came just before President Donald Trump's arrival in Dayton, Ohio, where a masked gunman early Sunday morning killed nine and injured 27. The weekend also saw a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 dead and over two dozen wounded.
"Tomorrow, I am leading a caravan in my official capacity as a congressman, working with Moms Demand Action, to start in Youngstown and go to Akron, and Columbus, and Dayton, and Cincinnati and pick people up along the way, and we're going to Louisville, Kentucky," Ryan told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom" Wednesday morning.