The American Psychiatric Association disputes Donald Trump’s claims that the El Paso and Dayton mass shooting were due to mental illness: “Individuals can also be emboldened to act violently by the public discourse and divisive rhetoric.”
“It is important to note that the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent and far more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators of violence. Rhetoric that argues otherwise will further stigmatize and interfere with people accessing needed treatment. Individuals can also be emboldened to act violently by the public discourse and divisive rhetoric,” the APA said in a statement condemning the mass shootings.
Crusius wrote an essay that regurgitated talking points from Donald Trump, who has relentlessly attacked black and brown people.