Las Vegas just experienced one of the most deadly mass shootings in United States history — 59 people were killed and 516 were wounded.
In times like these, we must be able to turn to our leaders for strength and wisdom.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump, our president, has already stuck his foot in his mouth, adding an additional level of fury and hurt to an already incomprehensible tragedy.
Early on Tuesday, October 3, just more than a day after the deadly attack, Trump tweeted, "I am so proud of our great Country. God bless America!"Some believed this to be evidence that the president is trying to sweep this tragedy under the rug by effectively saying, "This is fine." In other words, while he may have meant for this to be a poignant moment of support for our strength and resilience as a nation, for some it came across as, "No biggie. We'll move on."
As Trump was boarding a helicopter to Puerto Rico to observe the storm damage on Tuesday morning, he was interviewed briefly by the press.
Trump responds to Las Vegas shooting: "He was a sick man, a demented man.We are dealing with a very sick individual" https://t.co/Icv4vDFsTI— NBC News (@NBC News)1507034330.0
Trump wouldn't answer questions about whether or not the shooting was an act of domestic terrorism.
via: Getty ImagesWhile many Democratic senators and congressmen are calling for stricter gun laws and saying, "Enough is enough," — again — Trump seems to be dodging the real issues and acting as cheerleader more than a pillar of strength and a dogged fighter for justice. Although that's what the American people need right now, we've come to expect the inappropriate from Donald Trump.
And that's exactly what we got later in this same interview.
Pres. Trump praises Vegas police response to mass shooting: "What happened in Las Vegas is, in many ways, a miracle… https://t.co/Y0AqdLzeYL— ABC News (@ABC News)1507036087.0
It doesn't matter what he was trying to say — words matter.
what. no. miracle doesn't mean that. https://t.co/fBy9hGTstD— robneyer ⚾️🧗♂️🦉🗽 (@robneyer ⚾️🧗♂️🦉🗽)1507036925.0