On Wednesday, a devastating mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed and dozens injured. A slew of students have taken to social media to slam Congressional Republicans and Trump for their glaring inaction in the face of such a travesty.
This morning, Trump tweeted that he will be meeting with “some of the bravest people on earth,” a reference to those impacted by the horrific events earlier this week. Of course, it remains to be seen whether he will actually meet with the affected students or if he’s simply grandstanding for his Twitter supporters. The latter is all but certain.
I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth – but people whose lives have been totally shattered. Am also working with Congress on many fronts.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
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The students, however, have issued a stunning warning to the President: stay away.
Per The Daily Beast, Ameer Hussain, a 15-year-old freshman, said, “In my opinion I do not want Trump here at all,” claiming that the President will “use this event to make himself look better politically.”
“It’s not meaningful,” he added. “He’s the president and he should be speaking on what he’s going to do to make it better for next time. My friend group, Hispanic kids, black kids, they’re not caring for this at all. My dad is of the same idea.”
According to The Daily Beast:
Another student who participated in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) with Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, but asked that he not be named, said most kids and people in town agree that Trump should not swing through.
“One big reason people don’t want him here was his speech yesterday and tweet of his,” the student said. “Apparently [the president] said it was the kid’s responsibility to report Nikolas Cruz so in a way it was our fault…. A lot of people aren’t happy about his visit.”
This is the 59th mass shooting at or near a school this academic year. Americans overwhelmingly join the students in Parkland in their frustration with the inaction of Republicans in Washington that would rather defend the NRA than their own constituents.
Of course, the likelihood that Trump will actually have the courage to be confronted by those who are critical of him and his pandering to the NRA is slim to none. But in case he does, he should be well aware that he is wholly unwelcome in Parkland.