Trump and his Republican lapdogs appeared in front of the press today to celebrate the passing of their regressive tax bill, which saddles the middle class with tax hikes in order to cut the taxes of the already super wealthy. It was crafted by lobbyists and GOP corporate donors in secrecy and the Democrats were barred from giving any kind of input on the text. It represents an all-out assault on the majority of Americans.
After the bill passed, the president held a press conference in front of the White House over gloat his first “win,” flanked by the rest of his complicit Republican cronies. During his rambling, nauseating speech Trump made a joke about the June shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) in which a gunman stepped onto a baseball field and opened fire on numerous members of Congress.
Scalise suffered fractured bones, internal organ injury, and profuse bleeding and almost died. He later contracted an infection from his injuries. In other words, it was a deeply traumatic, unfunny incident.
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Trump joked about it by saying Scalise had a “rougher year than most of us” and that the shooting, hospitalization, and ensuing illness was a “hell of way to lose weight.” The president then tried to smooth over his insensitive joke by awkwardly pointing out the Congressman and saying, “We love you, Steve.”
Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress shared a video of the speech:
Trump to Rep @SteveScalise, who was shot this year: "He had a rougher year than most of us, but — it's a hell of way to lose weight, Steve, a hell of a way. We love you, Steve." pic.twitter.com/I2Qx4WSInZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 20, 2017
The joke is especially unsavory give that the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history happened in Las Vegas under Trump’s watch and Republicans have refused to do anything about the national epidemic of gun violence. Shame on him, and shame on all of them.