Kacey Musgraves appeared to call out Pres. Trump on Monday morning (Aug. 5) in the wake of two deadly mass shootings that took the lives of 29 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, both of which were carried out by men wielding military-style long guns.
"For a man who clearly loves being well-liked, it's indescribably mind-numbing to see him blatantly and murderously ignore doing ONE THING that would not only make people happy but would SAVE PEOPLE'S Lives. True leaders don't stand back and watch the world burn. @realdonaldtrump," she wrote, not naming the president, but tagging him at the end.
The Dayton massacre was carried out by a 24 year-old man reportedly armed with a .223-caliber assault-style rifle, body armor, a mask, ear protection and extra magazines capable of firing up to 100 rounds. It was the 251st mass shooting of the the year so far. Additionally, the nine killed — which included the gunman's sister — made it the deadliest mass shooting in Ohio in more than 13 years.
At press time, Trump made his first public statement about the two shootings following a series of tweets in the 48 hours after the incidents, offering thoughts and prayers from himself and First Lady Melania, announcing that flags would be flown at half-staff and suggesting that any new gun legislation be tied to "desperately needed immigration reform."
Musgraves also thanked fans who came out to see her at Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, tweeting, "We all need music & each other more than ever right now but how many of us will have to die before SOMEBODY FUCKING DOES SOMETHING." She retweeted a video from the weekend in which she encouraged the crowd to yell "SOMEBODY FUCKING DO SOMETHING!"
The horrifying violence brought out strong reactions from a number of artists, including Cardi B, John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Bebe Rexha and Chuck D, with Rihanna pointedly calling out Trump over his response to the shootings, writing, "Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA! Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio! I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! NOBODY!"
Blink-182 postponed their planned concert in El Paso on Sunday following in "solidarity with the community," which was shaken amid reports that the alleged shooter left behind a rambling manifesto that tagged the slaughter as a "response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas," using troubling anti-immigrant language that The New York Times reported "echoes" the hate-filled, divisive rhetoric often used by Trump in his public comments on immigration.