A huge majority of our nation has spent most of this past weekend rotating between feelings of shock, sadness, grief, hopelessness, anger, and fear. As the current pattern of frequent mass shootings shows no signs of stopping, students and parents across the nation are in a period of reflection.
The community of Parkland is coming together to begin to process both the loss of 17 people, as well as navigating how to usher in a systemic shift in our culture of guns and violence.
Nationwide attention is focused on the passionate response of the incredibly poised students that survived the shooting.
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) February 17, 2018
This eloquent student called her generation to action, citing the previous generations’ inability to fix this problem. She called out politicians that have taken money from the NRA.
— TheMadScotsWidow ? (@harding_lady) February 17, 2018
Our American society has adapted to this cycle of mass shootings. We recoil in horror and call for reasonable gun control, so that it will never happen again. Then we listen to Republican politicians promise to address the real underlying issues (that never actually include guns).
In the past, we’ve given these Republicans the benefit of the doubt. It seems inconceivable that their words are hollow. Who is okay with children being murdered with semi-automatic assault rifles?
Immediately following the Parkland shooting, Trump broke the mold. Instead of responding with grace, compassion, and resolve, as we have come to expect from recent examples…
…Trump was silent until he offered vague feelings via Twitter. His first comment addressing the causes of the shooting actually just blamed the victims:
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
He’s spent barely any time with the victims, despite spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago mansion (which is only a twenty minute drive from the 17 funerals that are being held in Parkland.)
The bodies of these children aren’t even buried yet, and Trump has moved on to becoming loudly defensive about the Russia investigation.
He posted a spate of six tweets about Russia while the families were making funeral arrangements for their loved ones.
The White House claimed that Trump would be honoring the victims (with as little actual effort as possible) this weekend. Instead of attending any of the gatherings for the victims (again, only minutes away), Trump lounged in opulence and basked as people chanted his name at a party.
The president will not be golfing on this sunny Saturday in Palm Beach.
White House wants to respect the dead and the mourners, I’m told. Mar-a-Lago is only about half an hour from the site of the Parkland school shooting, and memorial services continue.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 17, 2018
Frustrated by people forcing him to just pretend to be a decent person for 48 hours, Trump has spend his weekend selfishly whining:
Here’s more from the CNN White House team:
Instead of golfing this weekend in Florida, President Trump has remained mostly indoors at Mar-a-Lago watching television and getting riled up by his sons Eric and Donald Jr., according to a person familiar with his weekend activities.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 18, 2018
Any veneer of decency or humanity that Trump previously displayed has completely worn off.
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