White House Calls Out Las Vegas Professor for Saying After Mass Shooting That Trump's Election Incited Violence

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The White House says a University of Nevada-Las Vegas assistant professor should be “ashamed of herself” for telling her students four days after the Las Vegas mass shooting that “people will die” because of President Donald Trump’s election.

Tessa Winkelmann told her history class that she predicted Trump’s election would lead to death. Her comments came after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip, located minutes away from the university campus.

"I don’t know that these events would have inevitably happened whether or not he got elected, but he has rhetorical powers every president has to encourage or to discourage [violence]," Winkelmann said to her class on Thursday in a video obtained by the Las Vegas-Review Journal.

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Winkelmann did not explicitly mention the Las Vegas shooting in the video, but she referred to how Trump “threatened to declare violence against North Korea” as rhetoric leading to violence.

“And words, especially if they are coming from someone who is president, have consequences,” she said.  

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out Winkelmann in an interview with the Journal. ...




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