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.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
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.
YouTube comment in September using Florida school shooter's name said: "Im going to be a professional school shooter." The FBI looked into it but couldn't ID who posted it. pic.twitter.com/eg2SVqnIOE
— BNO News (@BNONews) February 15, 2018
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.