(CNN)Democrats running for president in 2020 reacted to the deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand by condemning hate, with many candidates explicitly calling out global white supremacy and Islamophobia.

At least 49 people are dead and 20 seriously injured after the shootings that took place in the city of Christchurch Friday. Suspect in New Zealand mass shooting charged with murderSuspect in New Zealand mass shooting charged with murderSuspect in New Zealand mass shooting charged with murderThe candidates’ comments came as President Donald Trump on Friday morning offered his “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to the people of New Zealand, calling the shooting a “horrible massacre.” He did not explicitly call out hate against Muslims in his tweet. A separate statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the US stands “in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”Without directly naming the President, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to make an announcement about his 2020 plans as soon as April, appeared to rebuke Trump by saying “silence is complicity.””Whether it is antisemitism in Pittsburgh, racism in Charlottesville, or the xenophobia and Islamophobia today in Christchurch, violent hate is on the march at home and abroad. We cannot stand by as mosques are turned into murder scenes,” he tweeted.Read More”Silence is complicity. Our children are listening. The time to speak out is now.”Like Biden, some candidates drew parallels to other hate-fueled attacks against minority groups, including the 2015 mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina by a self-described white supremacist and the 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Pennsylvania by a man who had targeted Jews on social media. “Charleston, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch. Everyone should have the right to worship without fear, and an attack on a place of worship is terrorism perpetrated against all of us,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York similarly tweeted, “We can’t accept a world where people are murdered because of who they are and where they worship—whether it’s mosques in Christchurch, an AME church in SC or a synagogue in PA. I’m praying for these communities and stand with them against hate, white supremacy and terrorism.” Sen. Cory Booker said he was “sickened” by the New Zealand news.”The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia around the globe must be met with our determination to work against hate,” he tweetedFormer US Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who entered the 2020 Democratic primary on Thursday, tweeted Friday morning, “We don’t back down in the face of Islamophobia and racism at home or abroad. We stand up, stand together and make it clear that terrorism won’t be met with indifference but with action that honors our diversity as the people of the world. Thinking of our friends in New Zealand.”Here’s a running list of 2020 reactions: Booker

I’m sickened by the news coming out of New Zealand—the horrific terrorist attack targeting Muslims at prayer that killed at least 49 people. The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia around the globe must be met with our determination to work against hate.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 15, 2019 O’Rourke

We don't back down in the face of Islamophobia and racism at home or abroad. We stand up, stand together and make it clear that terrorism won't be met with indifference but with action that honors our diversity as the people of the world. Thinking of our friends in New Zealand.

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 15, 2019 Warren

Charleston, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch. Everyone should have the right to worship without fear, and an attack on a place of worship is terrorism perpetrated against all of us. My heart goes out to the people of New Zealand today.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 15, 2019 Gillibrand

We can’t accept a world where people are murdered because of who they are and where they worship—whether it’s mosques in Christchurch, an AME church in SC or a synagogue in PA. I’m praying for these communities and stand with them against hate, white supremacy and terrorism.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 15, 2019 Biden

Silence is complicity. Our children are listening. The time to speak out is now.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 15, 2019 Sen. Kamala Harris

My heart is heavy with grief for New Zealand & Muslims worldwide affected by the tragic murders in Christchurch. The massacre of those in a house of worship, in prayer, is evil & cowardly. We stand with our friends around the world to condemn hate & speak out against intolerance.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 15, 2019 Sen. Amy Klobuchar

This is heartbreaking. My prayers are with the people of New Zealand and the families of those 49 killed and dozens injured at the mosques in Christchurch. People should be able to worship in this world without fear and know they will come home safe. https://t.co/d5ucjtl6bn

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 15, 2019

We must condemn hate without equivocation and stand up for its victims, whether they worship in our Mosques, synagogues or churches https://t.co/Cl9zJdh0Wn

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 15, 2019 Former US Rep. John Delaney

April and I offer our condolences to the people of New Zealand and our prayers to those directly impacted by this horrific event. Americans stand firmly with you in our work to eradicate hate and senseless violence and to make the world safer. We will get through this together.

— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) March 15, 2019 Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee

Grieving today for the tragic loss of life in Christchurch. We must all do more to root out hate and discrimination in our society.

— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) March 15, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders

Our thoughts are with the victims of the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. No one should have to fear for their life because of their religion. We must come together to condemn all forms of hate and violence to build a future of respect and understanding.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 15, 2019 Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

My heart is with the people of New Zealand and the entire Muslim community this morning. We must always stand against acts of terror and hate.

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) March 15, 2019 South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

And yet again, the obvious bears repeating: white nationalism kills.

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 15, 2019

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