September 27, 2022

Trump just blamed the Parkland massacre on the victims in dreadful morning Tweet

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The President of the United States took to Twitter this morning in an apparent effort to appear like an active and involved leader who was on top of the situation in Parkland, Florida, where 17 high schoolers were murdered by an ex-classmate wielding an AR-15 assault rifle yesterday.


The president’s message to the nation, however, was scolding and presumptuous. Implicitly blaming the victims for failing to alert the authorities to the threat posed by the shooter, Donald Trump failed – or ignored – to connect the dots on how a man who had “so many signs” of mental trouble was able to legally purchase a killing machine.

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His tweet also makes it very clear that he is not on top of the situation and up to date, or else he would have known that not only were the kids at the Parkland high school were well aware of the threat posed by the shooter, the FBI looked into a YouTube comment by “Nikolaus Cruz” that literally said “I’m going to shoot up my school” but couldn’t be bothered to follow up and figure out who the comment was made by.

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The blame for this massacre lies in an abdication of responsibility at every level – from a President and his party who bathe in the blood of murdered children every time they open their cheques from the National Rifle Association to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who were too busy figuring out how to entrap Muslim teenagers for terrorism to chase down the real threats to the American people to the Floridian Republican Party, who made it so easy to purchase a weapon that the mentally unstable 19-year-old did so legally.

This kind of response from Trump is sadly expected but still yet another infuriating example of how the leader of our nation is the kind of man who will happily victim-blame and show not a shred of emotion for the butchering of over a dozen kids on Valentine’s Day.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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