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Former Mexican President Blames Racism & Trump for Mass Shootings

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Former President of Mexico and outspoken Trump critic Vicente Fox appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" and shared his thoughts on massive shootings in America.


Fox blamed mass shootings on both racism and the often vitriolic rhetoric from Trump and his supporters, which he perceives as a key enabler of hate-induced gun violence.

Walking on stage holding a sign that read, "I arrived here by tunneling," Fox explained that the rampant racism within President Donald Trump's political base, along with "aggressive, violent language" coming from the White House, is part of what contributes to mass shootings.

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"When you discriminate, when you're a racist, that is what you get," Fox said. "We need harmony, we need love, we need happy communities, and those concepts don't come out of his [Trump's] mouth."

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On Valentine's Day, a young man, whose name will not appear here, walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shooting 31 people and killing 17. The shooter had ties to the Republic of Florida, a white supremacy group, and posted racist comments on online message boards and conversations.

Yesterday, CNN obtained records of the man's activity on the internet. "I hate Jews, ni**ers, and immigrants," the gunman wrote online. When a fellow member of a group chat mentioned gay people, the shooter said he would "shoot them in the back of head." He also said "I think I am going to kill people."

This is, of course, far from the first time Fox has shown Trump a piece of his mind. In February, he reiterated that Mexico is never going to pay for Trump's proposed border wall.

"We are not paying for that fuck*n wall," Fox asserted. "Understand that." Fox, in his to-be-expected reprimand style, added that Trump is "trying to get the money out of Congress and you're lying to Congress again, because you are telling Congress that you will get the money from Mexico one way or another."

"Look, Fox added. You will never get a cent from Mexico. It's not our wall. It's not gonna be in our territory."

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