When it comes to mass shootings, many of the conservative “solutions” to the endless scourge of violence are derived, to put it simply, from fantasy. The idea that teachers with handguns are going to stop a shooter with a rifle and high-capacity magazines is a fantasy, for example. The pro-gun crowd seems to have this Hollywood idea in their heads that only if they were there, only if they had their gun, they’d be able to stop it. Reality, of course, begs to differ.
Now, Donald “I deferred going to Vietnam because I’m rich and my feet hurt” Trump has taken the fantasy a step further. According to AP reporters, in a meeting with America’s governors Trump stated, “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.” He was trashing the deputies who failed to adequately respond to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, indicating that he, 71-year-old Donald Trump, would have stopped the shooting even without a weapon.
Here’s the tweet from the AP’s Zeke Miller:
Here are some of the responses on social media:
— joemo (@joetothemo) February 26, 2018
— this is what oligarchy looks like (@CariniGambarini) February 26, 2018
Trump is full of crap, to put it mildly. There is no way in a thousand years that he would ever run toward the sound of gunshots to save someone else’s life. Never. Ever.
First, he’s a well-established coward. If his repeated deferments from service during Vietnam weren’t enough (despite not being an objector: he pled “rich boy” to get out of it) to display his cowardice, it’s not like that’s the only example. We’re already well aware of his psychological cowardice (inability to admit fault, willingness to listen to whoever compliments him, etc.), but he’s a coward when it comes to the physical world, too.
Watch this clip of Trump’s response when he thinks someone (who is unarmed, by the way) might be coming after him:
He clutches security to him like a shy kid holding onto his mom for comfort while meeting a stranger.
Second, Trump himself has told us all before what happens when an emergency unfolds in front of him, and let’s just say he’s definitely not the “run toward danger” type. In an interview with Howard Stern, he discussed what happened the night someone was greviously injured in front of him at Mar-A-Lago—and how he did absolutely nothing but worry about the blood on the floor. From The Daily Beast:
‘The most eye-opening story from the unearthed Stern-Trump interviews, however, came during a chat on July 16, 2008.
‘Trump, a notorious germaphobe, is discussing his extreme distaste for blood. The mere sight of it, he says, causes him to recoil in disgust. Perhaps it explains why he accused then Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly of having her period after she asked him a tough question during a presidential debate, or why he sought multiple deferments to dodge the Vietnam War.‘“I’m not good for medical. In other words, if you cut your finger and there’s blood pouring out, I’m gone,” he told Stern.
‘“So what happens is, this guy falls off right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. And you know what I did? I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away,” said Trump. “I couldn’t, you know, he was right in front of me and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him… he’s bleeding all over the place, I felt terrible. You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed color. Became very red. And you have this poor guy, 80 years old, laying on the floor unconscious, and all the rich people are turning away. ‘Oh my God! This is terrible! This is disgusting!’ and you know, they’re turning away. Nobody wants to help the guy. His wife is screaming—she’s sitting right next to him, and she’s screaming.”
‘“I was saying, ‘Get that blood cleaned up! It’s disgusting!’ The next day, I forgot to call [the man] to say he’s OK,” said Trump, adding of the blood, “It’s just not my thing.”’
Trump, stop a mass shooting? Get real. He’d have been quivering, hiding behind the deputy that failed to go inside.
Featured image via Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images