Trump just made stunningly offensive comments about going to visit families of shooting victims

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The horrific mass shooting that rocked a high school in Santa Fe, Texas almost two weeks ago has already passed largely out of the news cycle, offering a sad commentary on the way in which the gun-related deaths of innocent children have become normalized in the United States.

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Meanwhile, President Trump still refuses to take even nominal action to curb the epidemic of firearm violence gripping our nation despite the fact that the Sutherland Springs shooting, Parkland Shooting, Las Vegas shooting, and now the Sante Fe shooting that all happened under his watch.

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Trump is unwilling to even discuss gun law reform out of fear of angering his NRA donors and the gun-worshipping fetishists who helped elect him. Every drop of blood that stains the floors of our schools and places of worship is another dollar sign in Trump’s reelection fund.

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Today, Trump departed for Texas to meet with the families of Santa Fe shooting victims. Again, it’s worth mentioning that the tragedy occurred almost two weeks ago, and he is just finally visiting now. He stopped briefly to talk with reporters and took the opportunity to make a disgustingly callous statement.

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“We’re going to have a little fun today. Thank you very much,” Trump said, as if there could possibly be anything fun about consoling mourning families.

Now, to be fair Trump himself may have fun on the trip, simply because it gives him a break from the minimal amount of governing he actually does while at the White House. The comments are a stark reminder that our leader is a man pathologically incapable of empathy who regularly displays signs of outright sociopathy.

It seems most likely that he’s visiting these families because he knows it’s a good PR move and it’s what he’s expected to do, not because he legitimately cares about their anguish. If he did, he would immediately call for new gun reform legislation. Instead, he’ll fly to Texas, have his “fun,” and watch the gun manufacturer dollars roll in as the rest of the country waits for our next mass shooting.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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