Dayton, El Paso shootings: Trump focuses on mental health. Here’s what Pa.’s congressional delegation has to say

President Donald Trump (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Commons)

President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday morning, calling for action on mental health treatment over new gun control measures as the nation mourned mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that claimed 31 lives and left many more wounded.

In televised remarks, Trump — who has set a divisive tone in his nearly three years in office by speaking scornfully of migrants and people of color, and by seemingly encouraging white nationalists — said the nation had to speak with “one voice … to condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”

“Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul,” Trump said.

It didn’t take long before members of Pennsylvania’s delegation to Capitol Hill weighed in with their views. Here is what every member of Congress from Pennsylvania had to say about Trump’s remarks and the weekend’s mass shootings.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.:

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa:

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District:

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District:

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District:

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District:

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District:

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District:

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District:

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District: To be updated

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District: To be updated

U.S. Scott Perry, R-10th District:

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District: To be updated

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District:

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District: To be updated

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District: To be updated

U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R15th District: 

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District:

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District:

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District:

This story has been updated to reflect a rising death toll. 

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.


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