Law enforcement from different agencies work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)
El Paso is hurting.
On Saturday, a gunman savagely murdered 22 people.
But some politicians (as well as media pundits) seem more concerned with slinging mud than healing wounds.
And the sister of a couple who lost their lives on August 3rd is speaking out about their actions.
During the attack at an area Walmart, Andre and Jordan Anchondo lost their lives while shielding their infant child from the spray of bullets.
Trump made plans to visit both Texas and Ohio — where another blight of violence took nine lives on Sunday. In a televised message to the nation Monday, he condemned racism, hatred, and violence:
“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives. America weeps for the fallen.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul. We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.”
On her Facebook page, Andre’s sister Vibora (Deborah) powerfully pleaded with Democratic officials to stop telling media our President isn’t welcome in their hurting cities — stop trying to turn her family’s deep grief “into a political issue.”
“It’s such a shame that two of our local politicians (I refuse to say their names, as they don’t deserve it) are saying that our President is not welcome on Wednesday,” she said. “I cannot believe how these monsters are using the tragic event to push their political agenda.”
Trump’s visit honors the victims; political posturing disgraces their loss:
“I lost my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday. My family and I are living a horrible nightmare. The visit from our President will be more than comforting to my family. He will not be here for a political agenda. The two monsters from El Paso, who do not deserve to be mentioned by name nor even the nicknames I have for them, are just pure evil. My brother’s body was still laying at Walmart on Saturday night when they decided to make this into a political issue and push their agenda by blaming our President for this. Rather than focusing on the situation and the individual who destroyed the lives of many, these evil people selfishly turned this into a political war. I’m equally as angered by those two as I am with the person who took my brother and his wife from me, typing this I think I feel more animosity towards those two evil politicians.”
Her pain comes from the heartwrenching loss of dear family; but it’s made worse by partisanship and an unhinged assault on our elected President.
Witness a bit of the shamefulness:
22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I. https://t.co/dakFPKj0vJ
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 7, 2019
Vibora’s is a voice to be heard. Sadly, it isn’t likely to be amplified by the major news networks. They’re much more prone to be a bullhorn for the bull.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the Achondos’ three children,
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