In the wake of the horrific shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), staffers and Capitol police, we as a nation all awaited the words from Donald Trump. This was a moment for him to bring the nation together, and hopefully, not sound like the idiot he usually is.
And he almost had it.
All Trump needed to do was read what his speechwriter had written, and maybe, just maybe, he did. However, because hyperbole is a centerpiece of Trump’s repertoire, he decided to go big.
Trump said, very appropriately so:
“Congressman Scalise is a friend and a very good friend. He’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault. And, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation…”
Now, that’s where it should have probably stopped. However, instead, Trump decided to add:
“… and, frankly, the entire world.”
Which sure, doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it sure sounds good, right? However, everyone know for a fact, that this isn’t a true statement and it was absolutely unnecessary.
Let’s also remember that as horrific as this shooting is, shootings like this happen every single day. Violence happens every day. Yet, it took Trump three days to respond to the horrific killings in Portland, Oregon. There’s a tragic building fire going on right now where multiple people are dying in London. Where are the prayers for that, Trump? You know, if he’s going to talk about the entire world.
Needless to say, Trump’s words otherwise were appropriate, likely because they were written by someone else. However, what the country doesn’t need right now is a president who feels the need to say hyperbolic statements because he thinks they sound good. He needs to get real about what just happened. Gun violence is a very real thing in our nation, and that cannot be ignored.
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