At this morning’s White House meeting on school safety in the aftermath of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14th, Trump’s senior adviser offered some decidedly poor optics for the White House.
Stephen Miller was caught on camera rubbing his face and outright falling asleep while the issue of keeping America’s children safe was being discussed.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 26, 2018
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The disgraceful display came during Trump’s meeting with governors from around the country today at which he claimed that, if he was at the scene of the shooting, he would have run into the building to prevent the gunman from carrying out the massacre.
“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump said.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2018
The assurance is eerily similar to a comment made by Attorney General Pam Bondi that, “even if [she] didn’t have a firearm, [she] would have gone into that scene.”
Trump’s delusional remark comes with the development that the schools armed sheriff’s deputy failed to enter the school as the shooting was occurring.
This, of course, is the same president who sought five deferments to dodge the Vietnam draft because of conveniently timed bone spurs which have since miraculously disappeared. If a 30-year-old Donald Trump was too much of a coward to fight in Vietnam, the chances that he, at 71-years-old, was going to run unarmed toward an AR-15 are about as likely as him having won an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding this week.
Not to outdo himself, he further assured the group of governors that the National Rifle Association is an ally in the fight for school safety.
“Don’t worry about the NRA,” he said. “They’re on our side.”
He’s correct, so long as “their side” is shilling for the gun lobby and putting corporate profits over the lives of American children.
It wouldn’t hurt for the White House and its staffers to at least pretend to care about our country’s young people amidst doing the NRA’s bidding.