Even in the face of a nationwide tragedy, one in which anybody with a sense of sincere emotion would be able to empathize with, President Donald Trump again shows his inability to show heartfelt or genuine emotions. On Tuesday, Trump met with survivors of the Florida high school shooting, as well as family members of the victims of the attack. However, despite his greatest attempts to show that he can express emotion and sympathy for this despicable act of violence, Trump was pictured holding notes as to what he should say and how to respond to those at the listening session.
A photo taken by AP photographer Carolyn Kaster shows just a couple points that the president jotted down before attending the session, and shows the extent to which basic understanding and consideration of concerns is a skill that Trump clearly does not have.
President Donald Trump holds notes during a White House listening session with students and parents affected by school shootings. (AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster) pic.twitter.com/Z0lZbSVaoF
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 21, 2018
The notes picture two clearly legible lines, while the rest are covered by Trump’s hands. Of the ones that could be read, the president had written down a question he should ask the survivors, “What would you most want me to know about your experience?”, as well as a way to move past tough issues, by stating the phrase “I hear you.” A second, partially covered, point can be potentially inferred as saying, “What can we do to help you feel safe?”
The issue is not the fact that Trump required notes to get him through the listening session, but rather the context of the points themselves. Understanding clearly that the only way to ensure safety moving forward would be through comprehensive gun control, Trump’s notes seemingly show a president that cares little about the tragic events that survivors and family members had to go through, rather asking arbitrary questions that hold no inherent meaning.
Social media users on Twitter were quick to point out the ingenuity of the president’s listening session as a mere media stunt, rather than truly caring about what the individuals had to say and how best to help them.
This was a photo op just like the DACA photo op and we will see the same result absolutely nothing that would provide a real solution.
— Deb Stevens (@Sagebeguile) February 21, 2018
Who's handwriting is that?
My money is on Hope Hicks (and since Rob Porter got kicked out of the WH for being a wife beater, hopefully "my money" is the ONLY THING on Hope Hicks)
It's like the note that a mum leaves in her rowdy child's lunchbox
— Matron69 (@Markthulhu) February 21, 2018
"Remember, these people have had an emotion you are incapable of."
— Rob (@RHTownsend) February 21, 2018
He needs a note to remind him to say “I hear you” at a listening session?
— Mario Bono (@mario_bono) February 21, 2018
#IHearYou ??? Seriously he needs to be reminded of that?
— Ron Goeffe ♀️ ⚖️ ✌️? (@Ron__Goeffe) February 21, 2018
— Marie (@Cuprikorn66) February 21, 2018
Written by someone with empathy (not him).
— Jennifer M. (@jyangelo) February 21, 2018
6. *nod humanly when spoken to*
7. *blink at 4 second intervals*
— Noah Neidlinger (@candor_for_sale) February 21, 2018
This is a mistake…he took his notes for discussions with Putin into the meeting with the kids.
— GottaHaveHart (@BrianHartstein1) February 21, 2018
That is so sad that he cannot have real meaningful conversations without notes.
The right note should have been "Shut up and listen"
— ?? FishingDB ?? (@FishingDB1965) February 21, 2018
They aren't even his own thoughts. It's obviously not his handwriting. Someone in the WH had to write the notes for him.
— SRVOTER (@Mr_B_2014) February 21, 2018
well, we know he has no empathy of his own.
at least his handlers wrote down some of the things he should have.
— Patrick McClure (@BPatton88) February 21, 2018
Holy crap. (#5) is "I hear you." He literally needs to be reminded to pretend to listen.
— Liberal Warriors (@LiberalWarriors) February 21, 2018
He has to write down what does not come naturally, empathy.
— Chris (@Jedhye) February 22, 2018
He had to remind himself to comment that he was listening. Sad, sad, sad.
— Lenky (@lindawags1) February 22, 2018
6. Remember: don't start kissing or grabbing anyone by the pussy. (You CAN help yourself, Mr. President.)
— Steve Hurley (@steve_hurley) February 22, 2018
What a pathetic excuse for a President we have. You need NOTES to sit and talk about a school shooting? I love that we now have this picture FOREVER to remind inept Trump that he needs to get educated.
— MargaretMG (@margaretmillerG) February 21, 2018
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