Mulvaney: Not Fair To Blame Trump For Shootings, "I Blame The People Who Pulled The Trigger"


Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday in interviews on NBC's "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week" that is not "fair to lay" right-wing-inspired mass shootings "at the feet of the president." "I blame the people who pulled the triggers," he said.

"This is a serious problem ... but they are sick, sick people and the president knows that ... I don't think it's fair to try and lay this at the feet of the president," Mick Mulvaney says when asked why Trump downplayed the threat of white nationalism by ABC's Jonathan Karl.

"I blame the people who pulled the triggers," he said on NBC. "Is someone really blaming the president? These people are sick. And until we address why people think this way. This young man --let's be clear, we know nothing about the shooter in Dayton, we're just talking about the shooter in El Paso. This was a sick person. You can go and read the things the person wrote, now available to the public, making the person famous."

"If you do read that, you'll know that he felt this way for a long time, even before President Trump got elected," Mulvaney said. "Why aren't we trying to figure out a way to bring the nation together instead of saying it is the president's fault."

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