The president of the United States, Donald Trump, stunned the nation this afternoon when he accidentally revealed to the nation that he was holding a “cheat sheet” of notes to help him through a listening session with the grieving families of mass shooting victims and the survivors of these atrocities.
Containing such helpful notes as “what would you most want me to know about your experience” and “I hear you,” the notes paint a picture of a man so devoid of an ability to empathize with others that he must be reminded to pretend that he feels the pain and heartbreak of people who have endured intensely traumatic experiences.
Time and time again, when faced with people who have undergone terrible suffering, Trump is unable to muster up any real emotion – like when he gave a thumbs up when visiting the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shootings, or when he told the victims of Hurricane Harvey to have a “great time”, or when he engaged in a public and despicable feud with the widow of a fallen Green Beret.
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It is beyond embarrassing and reprehensible that we have somehow elected a leader that has to be publicly coached into showing emotion for people who have lost their kids in horrifying massacres.
Social media immediately erupted in mockery and in fury of our sociopathic president. Here’s a selection of the best responses.
This list is like a cheat sheet you’d give to an alien who was trying to pass off as a human with empathy https://t.co/bjVfVs7UXu
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 21, 2018
To help him simulate human reactions, Trump's minders gave him a cheat sheet that prompted him to say things like "I hear you" during the WH listening session on the #Parkland shootings. [@AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster] pic.twitter.com/cEyVNDlvjU
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) February 21, 2018
Ah yes the dead children. That was…very… *checks notes* … bad. https://t.co/GiO50AmYS3
— Matt Bors (@MattBors) February 21, 2018
Me, when my wife complains about the enormous pile of filthy clothing by my side of the bed pic.twitter.com/zdkFpkl3iW
— comfort foods (@primpker) February 21, 2018
What staffer wrote these notes? pic.twitter.com/ZveEM9gdF3
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) February 21, 2018
Aide: Remember, Mr. President, actually HEAR the students.
Trump: How will I remember that?
Aide: They'll all have a turn to speak. Just hear them.
Trump: But how will I remember that?
Aide: They'll literally be holding a mic.
Trump: But how will–
Aide: Here. pic.twitter.com/kXqG6CdU60
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 21, 2018