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Trump's combination gun-immigration reform 'reminds me of the 1930s in Germany,' Rep. Jerrold Nadler says

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) seems to think President Trump's words sound familiar.

After a weekend of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee chair appeared Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss ties between Trump's rhetoric and the shooters' apparent motives. Nadler said the shootings were "clearly, at least in part, a result of [Trump's] racist rhetoric," and then went on to suggest Trump's proposed background checks were just an extension of the president's prejudice.

Saturday's El Paso shooting left 20 people dead, and was quickly followed by a shooting that killed nine more. Soon after, Trump called for bipartisan support for background checks in a deal that could "perhaps" be tied to immigration reform.

While Nadler backed Trump's background check suggestion, he had a big issue with the immigration tie. "What's the connection between background checks and immigration reform?" he asked on Morning Joe. "That we have to keep guns out of the hands out of the invading hordes of less-than human people coming across our border? That's the implication." Nadler then said Trump's proposed immigration-gun reform deal "reminds me of the 1930s in Germany." Kathryn Krawczyk