After mass shootings occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Trump finally addressed the tragedies on Monday while trying to link background checks for firearms with immigration reform. He also made reference to “those who perished in Toledo.”
On Wednesday, Trump traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to address the survivors of the early Sunday morning mass shooting that killed nine people and injured 27. The president used the opportunity to insult Ohio Democrats.
Trump blasted Senator Brown (D-OH) and Mayor Whaley of Dayton, saying:
‘failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally misrepresent(ed) what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with.’
White House social media person Dan Scavino tweeted that Trump had been treated like a “rock star” at the hospital after insulting Brown and Whaley as “disgraceful politicians, doing nothing put politicizing a mass shooting.”
Whaley said that the president’s general rhetoric was “divisive,” and “not what people needed.” Whaley and Brown only met with Mr. Trump briefly after he landed in Ohio, and did not accompany him to the hospital.
‘I think the victims and first responders were grateful that the president of the United States came to Dayton. I want to thank Senator Brown for coming here too.’
Although Trump referred to Senator Brown as a “failed presidential candidate,” he has never actually run for the office although he was floated as a possible 2020 Democratic primary contender.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley reading the Trump tweet: “I don’t — I mean, like, I’m really confused. We said he was treated really well, so. I don’t know what you could talk about misrepresenting. Oh well…he lives in his world of Twitter.” https://t.co/Ja6vs2L3kJ
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 7, 2019
Brandon Wolf, a Pulse nightclub survivor and activist told The Daily Beast that he met with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama soon after the shooting. He said he did not want to meet with Trump because he knew he would make it all about him.
‘First, he never came nor invited us. And in truth, I wouldn’t have met with someone who took tragedy in my community as an opportunity to congratulate himself. I suspected at the time that he would sell out to the [National Rifle Association] like all the others around him. Three years later, it turns out I was right.’
According to The Daily Beast:
‘Trump’s loyalty to the NRA and gun-rights enthusiasts goes back years before his 2015 political rise. Once a gun control-friendly social liberal, Trump’s courting of the gun lobby kicked into high gear starting in the mid-Obama era, when Trump’s predecessor was still struggling to deal with mass shootings in America.’
It seems that the most America can hope for from this so-called president are hollow thoughts and prayers, and words that barely even pay lip service to the massive events that have happened.
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