A local candidate for Congress is sounding off on the political rhetoric in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.
"Can't we take a step back and maybe admit that our politics right now a the national level is all about fear and toxicity."
Christian Acosta, an engineer, is running in a Republican primary for U.S. House, District 21 in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
He says politicizing the tragedies is wrong and wants to find a bipartisan fix to these shootings.
"We should be talking about mental health. We need to be trying to look at solutions because these people needed help and we needed to make sure that our society had an optimistic outlook to try and dissuade this type of event."
"We need to take a step back from politicizing these events. We really to try and do root cause and say 'how do we help these people before they even get close to this type of mental state?'"
Acosta is running in a crowded Republican primary to likely challenge Democrat incumbent Lois Frankel next year.
He agrees with President Trump, who said on Monday that the nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.
"We need to condemn all forms of extremism. Let's be honest, we also need to condemn all forms of political language that's saying you need to repel, revolt, resist violently. All of it needs to be condemned."
Acosta gave the keynote address to the Palm Beach County Tea Party in Jupiter Monday night.
He spoke about other issues as well, including illegal immigration, in the audio player above.
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