Trump has made the country less safe, but he's blaming video games.
Trump laid the blame for deadly mass shootings at the feet of video games, and "not the gun," in a scripted speech delivered from the White House Monday morning.
"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society, this includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace," Trump said. "It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence."
Trump and his fellow Republicans, who have refused to act on legislation passed in the House to cut down gun violence, have decided to focus their response to the shootings on video games rather than the white supremacist rhetoric that Trump uses.
Video games have repeatedly been invoked by the right as a scapegoat for mass shootings, but the science has been studied for decades and the argument has been repeatedly debunked.
"Mental health and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun," Trump also said during his brief statement.
Despite his decision to invoke "mental health" as an underlying issue in mass shootings, Trump has been working to undo the Affordable Care Act — which happens to include increased coverage of mental illnesses.
Trump's speech also showed some other disconnects from reality. His rhetoric criticizing the celebration of violence runs counter to his own rallies. In May, when one of his diehard supporters suggested killing migrants, Trump did not condemn the disgusting suggestion. He laughed at it.
The speech was Trump's attempt to take the heat off of his role in stoking the fires of bigotry surrounding these shootings. Instead, it served to highlight his dishonesty, duplicity, and the hypocrisy Republicans have wrapped themselves in.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.