President Trump finally signed into law legislation today to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and as one might expect he completely failed to invest the event with the degree of respect and solemnity it deserves.
After a rambling stretch in which he insisted that he was at Ground Zero — trying to paint himself as a hero in the process — Trump cracked an incredibly tone-deaf joke which has already prompted a wave of criticism.
“I don’t know if this stage will hold it but if it doesn’t we’re not falling very far, but I’d like to ask the families and I’d also like to ask the first responders to come up and we’ll give this stage a shot,” Trump said, making a joke about structures collapsing to an audience full of people personally affected by the tragedy of the World Trade Center attacks.
“Let’s see how well built, made in America, let’s see how well built it is. Okay?” Trump went on, furthering belaboring the “joke” to the point of cruelty. While tact has never been one of this president’s strong suits, this is a surprising level of callousness even for him.
It’s perhaps worth noting that Trump, despite his claims that he respects the brave responders, is on tape bragging just a few hours after the 9/11 attack that with the fall of the Twin Towers he now owned the tallest building in downtown Manhatten. This is a man pathologically incapable of displaying empathy and his joke today proves it.
Just before signing the 9/11 victims compensation bill, Trump jokes with the first responders and their families that the stage may not hold all of them but that if it collapses they "are not falling very far" pic.twitter.com/h9qY3C7iHK
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 29, 2019
Responses to Trump’s disturbing comments quickly flooded Twitter, with many Americans expressing shock and dismay. Many focused on the casual meanness of the president’s remarks and some pointed out that not a single person in attendance can be heard laughing.
While at this point we certainly didn’t need any more proof that Donald Trump is unfit to be president, he continues to provide it. He and everyone who continues to support and enable him should be ashamed.
Nothing says "sociopath" like a deliberately cruel "joke".
Nothing says "psychopath" like a cruel joke targeted at the audience.
POUTS needs to submit to an independent clinical psych exam. https://t.co/DtC56m6G61
— Monty Boa (@MontyBoa99) July 29, 2019
What scares me the most is that republicans relate to this psychopath.
— Adam J Puccino Jr. (@mespeakers87) July 29, 2019
At a 9/11 ceremony honoring folks who tried to rescue those who were crushed by cement of Twin Towers, Donald Trump jokes about the stage perhaps collapsing.
Why aren't more newspapers asking him to resign?
Condemnation isn't sufficient.
He's dishonored the nation enough. pic.twitter.com/b9QdVeak63
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) July 29, 2019
I worked half a block away. I was in the WTC every day. I had friends and colleagues who worked there, most of whom I lost including my best friend. I gave of my time at Ground Zero. What did he do besides take '150k in Federal funding? Unfit to Serve! IMPEACH NOW!
— Recovering Republican (@JohnPie26886361) July 29, 2019