The Donald Trump campaign must have put out a rather strange job description. “Wanted: speech writer who understands what compassion and empathy is. Must be available during natural and man made disasters and able to produce in a hostile work environment. Thick skin a plus.” Apparently, the administration found this person.
Long after Hurricane Maria shredded Puerto Rico, the president jaunted down to the island for the day and left an hour early. Throwing paper towels out to people who have no water can be tiring.
The next day, he went to Las Vegas where a gunman killed 58 people and wounded 489 others in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history. This time, Trump went to the hospital to visit the wounded and met with law enforcement, first responders, and medical personnel. This trip went far better, except for one thing.
‘He was a real statesman today… He spent lots of time with (the victims). He was not rushed by any means. I heard a lot of laughing (from the rooms).’
Unfortunately, the Trump campaign could not resist turning the tragedy into a tacky fundraising email. Cashing in on the grief of others should be beneath the office of the president, but not this one.
The Trump campaign emailed the Trump-Pence Weekly Newsletter to their subscribers, lifting parts of Trump’s Las Vegas speech. Clearly, the president was pleased with the response his speech received, courtesy of the speechwriter:
‘Our nation is still in shock and mourning following the massacre of 58 concertgoers and hundreds of others injured in Las Vegas.’
It appears that the man in the Oval Office has no compunction about re-gifting a speech to make a buck:
‘When President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled their to support the victims and their families, and to thank the heroic first responders and law enforcement community, the president delivered words of comfort and healing saying.’
The email continued, exploiting the speech with “the bonds that unite us”:
‘We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain…in moments of tragedy and horror, we come together as one. We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values. Please join us in praying for Las Vegas, including those lost or injured in the attack, their families, and medical and law enforcement professionals assisting in recovery and healing.’
That speechwriter certainly did understand compassion and empathy. Who says money cannot buy everything?
Check out the Trump-Pence email below:
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