In the wake of last week’s devastating and, frankly, avoidable mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed and dozens injured, Trump took to Twitter claiming 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, he failed to meet with the students looking to speak with him about the issue of gun violence, and even walked away from reporters once confronted with the question.
President Trump visits hospital where Florida school shooting victims are being treated pic.twitter.com/Wy8qEX3Us9
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 17, 2018
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Amid a flurry of calls by the students to actually have the courage to face those who experienced firsthand last week’s tragic events, the White House has announced that Trump will finally meet with students in Parkland, Florida.
Per The Hill, “The White House announced Sunday that Trump will host a “listening session” with both students and teachers, followed by a similar event Thursday with state and local officials to discuss school safety. No further details were provided.”
The students have led the charge in demanding action from Trump and Republicans in Congress, whose glaring inaction in the face of such a horrific event has sparked furor across the United States.
At a pro-gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, student Emma Gonzalez slammed Trump in an impassioned, fiery, and heartwrenching speech.
“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” Gonzalez said. “I already know — $30 million.”
This is the 59th mass shooting at or near a school this academic year. Americans are absolutely fed up with the inaction of Republicans in Washington who would rather defend the NRA than their own constituents.
Time will tell whether these brave students will truly have the opportunity to confront Trump in an open dialogue setting, but he would be well-served to listen to actual Americans for once in his utter embarrassment of a presidency.