Donald Trump has always been absolutely obsessed with the New York City skyline. To most, the silhouette of Manhattan represents the possibility of achieving the American dream and finding success in the Big Apple (…if you can make it there you can make it anywhere!), Trump sees it as something to be conquered.
When September 11, 2001 scarred the NYC skyline, the emptiness was keenly felt by New Yorkers. Trump, however emerged victorious, bragging that now his tower would rise above the remaining skyline:
WHETHER. YOU. ARE. A. DEMOCRAT. OR. A. REPUBLICAN. THIS. IS. SIMPLY. DISGUSTING.
On 9/11, while Americans were treating victims & consoling victim families, Donald Trump rang a TV show to brag that he now had the tallest building in New York.https://t.co/YvMA52JjtX
— The Hummingbird ? (@SaysHummingbird) February 26, 2018
So, one can’t help but applaud the genius of gun control advocates using the skyline Trump lusts for to chastise his lack of addressing the nation’s gun violence crisis:
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) June 1, 2018
Of course, Trump has come under fire for his incredibly inept handling of mass shootings since he took office. Trump is not responsible for the shootings purely by virtue of being the current president. That would be a ridiculous assertion. But the galling thing is his reaction to these events, especially when compared to Obama’s heartfelt responses in the wake of shootings during his term.
Remember seeing the pain on Obama’s face every goddamn time he had to talk about a school shooting? Compare that to Trump’s empty response #TYTLive
— iamsock (@Iamsock) February 14, 2018
That’s because White House aids shouldn’t have to make an empathetic cue card for the president of the United States. You criticized Obama for crying for school shooting victims yet here you are justifying Trump’s lack of empathy for the victims.
— King of Sorrow (@KING0FS0RR0W) February 22, 2018
Obama Calls For 'Common-Sense' Gun Laws After Florida School Shooting. Trump is no help at all in these situations. Could only read ‘thoughts and prayers’ from a speech someone else wrote. No empathy expressed. @OurRevolution #DumpTrump https://t.co/FoEkezOHeb
— tomtingle (@tomtingle) February 15, 2018
It’s not solely his inability to exhibit empathy that makes Trump’s responses problematic. He also, despite an initial display of resistance to the NRA, quickly bowed to pressure and failed to pursue any legislative action to protect victims of gun violence.
After 17 teachers and students were killed during a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump said he would work to improve school safety, but has not called for new gun control legislation.
— Grandmas Web (@GrandmasWeb) June 2, 2018
He’s only offered half-hearted excuses of this failure:
Sarah Sanders claims Trump backed down on age limits for gun sales b/c there isn't enough support to pass legislation. But…
-81% of Americans think the minimum age for all firearm sales should be 21.
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 12, 2018
School shootings are the most visible and shocking demonstrations of America’s disease of gun violence, but guns take the lives of teens in spades. These unassuming tragedies can be shuffled to the side, but collectively paint a picture of violence enabled by guns gone amok:
As we mark #GunViolenceAwarenessDay, troubling report out of the @CDCgov on rise of teen deaths. Nearly 28% increase in homicides in 2016 with 87% involving firearms. We can and must stand up. #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/kYitwPncXa
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) June 1, 2018
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