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Call to condemn racism: Trump's 1st explicit remark on white supremacy

Calling for laws that would raise red flags at risk factors, he says: Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun

Under pressure after two mass shootings in 13 hours over the weekend left 30 dead, US President Donald Trump yesterday urged Americans to condemn "bigotry, racism and white supremacy".

He called for legislation that would raise red flags at risk factors, address mental health issues and the effects of violent video games, as well as the use of the Internet and social media to spread radical ideology.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2019, with the headline 'Call to condemn racism: Trump's 1st explicit remark on white supremacy'. Print Edition | Subscribe