Crowds gather outside a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where President Trump is set to visit, holding up an inflatable “baby Trump” balloon and signs that say “do something,” “no gun no trigger,” and “go back where you came from” https://t.co/1RDYTyZEm4 pic.twitter.com/6PAmAmfAyJ
— Deena Zeina Zaru 👩🏻💻 (@Deena_Zaru) August 7, 2019
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump called for unity during a prepared White House address in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, but ahead of his trip to visit the communities impacted by gun violence, the consoler-in-chief was back to wedging a partisan divide on Twitter and in front of cameras.
Ahead of the President’s trip to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham suggested Tuesday that the President would rise above the rhetoric, tweeting that Trump “is a true leader.” She wrote that the visit would “be about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions.”
But Trump’s teleprompter-prepared talking points fell by the wayside overnight, when Trump and his senior staff returned to targeting Democrats, and when he again used the El Paso attacks to call for stronger immigration laws.
Shortly after visiting Dayton shooting victims at an Ohio hospital, the President and his aides returned to criticizing political opponents when he was back aboard Air Force One.
….misrepresenting 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. They were all amazing!o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
To many Trump’s angry outburst seems like an overreaction.
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at two Ohio Democrats who joined him at a Dayton hospital to meet with first responders and victims of the weekend’s mass shooting, accusing them of mischaracterizing the visit.
Trump and other White House officials spent the afternoon slamming Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) over comments they made at a press conference following Trump’s visit.
But it’s unclear what specifically they took issue with, as both Brown and Whaley said they felt medical personnel and victims’ families appreciated his presence.
I guess it’s possible that Trump was reacting to these statement from Sherrod Brown in Ohio today.
Q: Don’t both parties take blame in the inability to find a solution to these mass shootings?
Sen. Sherrod Brown: “No. No. No … We can’t get anything done in the Senate because Mitch McConnell and the president of the United States are in bed with the gun lobby.”
Via ABC pic.twitter.com/I1LiM3mwf5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 7, 2019
Trump can get his panties in a wad over them, but they are undeniably accurate.
Or perhaps Trump was just pissy over all ofthe protests that greeted him during his visit.
These are courtesy of The Guardian:
Perhaps Trump just doesn’t like being confronted with his own racism.