Buttigieg on Trump: 'It's too late for him not to be a white nationalist'

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) said Tuesday that it’s too late for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE not to be a white nationalist and take at least some responsibility for recent hate crimes in the U.S. 

“It’s too late for him not to be a white nationalist, and to not bear some responsibility for what’s happened here,” Buttigieg told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” 

Buttigieg’s comments come after 31 people were killed in two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 


“What he could do is refrain from divisive and politicizing rhetoric, and focus on making something happen,” he continued. “How about some action? I remember his inaugural speech where he said American carnage stops right now. I remember back when he said he was going to actually do something about guns before the NRA [National Rifle Association] put him in his place and reminded him that he’s not allowed to say that.”  

The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting allegedly drafted a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto before the attack, which described fears of a Latino “invasion.”

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Trump implored the country to “condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy” at the White House on Monday, but his critics have laid blame on his rhetoric. 

Buttigieg released a $1 billion plan Tuesday aimed at preventing domestic violence in the wake of the shootings. 

“He [Trump] could, I don’t have high expectations, but he could take a turn and actually do something about the problem,” Buttigieg said. “I’m not waiting on this president. It’s why we have put out an action plan.”

“There are policy actions, political actions, civic actions that we can be taking right now,” he said. 

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