CNN is organizing a town hall meeting in Florida on Wednesday with surviving students from the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
In addition to the students, CNN has invited prominent politicians including President Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).
While the two Democrats and Senator Rubio have confirmed their participation, both the President and Governor Scott have declined to join the devastated and angry students at the town hall event to be moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
While Trump doesn’t have time to meet the students who have spent the days since the tragic massacre demanding action on gun control legislation in every media outlet they can reach, apparently he’s got plenty of time to commit to another event this week that will make the students’ blood boil.
The 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference begins on Thursday and features panels such as “The Heller Supreme Court Decision: The Man and the Case that Secured Your 2nd Amendment Rights” and “The 2nd Amendment: 10 Years after Heller,” both celebrating the Supreme Court decision that interpreted the 2nd amendment as granting citizens the right to possess firearms unconnected with service in a militia as the original language of the Constitution indicates. Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conference on Friday morning.
That the President refuses to be confronted by the people most directly affected by the Republican-controlled government’s resistance to passing gun control legislation — a resistance funded and motivated by millions of dollars of NRA campaign donations — is a telling reminder of where his priorities remain and an unprecedented act of cowardice on his part.
That the President of the United States is too scared to face the angry crowd of survivors demanding gun control action and would rather spend his time glad-handing the financiers of death is a sad commentary on the state of American society and a vicious indictment of Trump’s moral bankruptcy.