Congressman Cuellar to President Trump: ‘Words do Matter’

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Congressman Henry Cuellar hopes President Trump realizes that his words during speeches and rallies do resonate with his followers and he should think before he speaks.  Cuellar noted that the shooter who killed 22 people with an AK-47 at a Walmart in El Paso Saturday had a manifesto that referenced a “Hispanic Invasion” and other phrases that Trump has used in his speeches.

“He just has to understand that he cannot continue using those words because as President of the United States, he has to understand that words do matter,” said Cuellar.

While some people say it’s too early for a Presidential visit, others welcome support from the federal government as they try to heal after the tragedy that took 22 lives and left more than 20 others injured. The congressman from Laredo says it’s an emotional time in El Paso.

“He is the President and he can go anywhere he wants to, but he cannot be stone deaf about what people are feeling or saying about his visit,” said Cuellar. “There are people that connect his words to what happened there because of the manifesto and some of the words that are similar.”

The Department of Justice is treating the mass shooting in El Paso as a case of domestic terrorism. The President also visited Dayton, Ohio Wednesday where a gunman killed 9 people, including his own sister Sunday.

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