Enroute from his visit to victims of the Dayton, Ohio shootings this weekend to El Paso — where he was even more unwelcome — Donald Trump took the time to watch a press conference by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley where they commented on what they told the president during his visit.
“Both the mayor and I asked the president to call on Senator McConnell to bring the Senate back in session this week,” Senator Brown said. “He was only saying we would get things done. I then later asked the president that if he cares about mental health, the important thing is to not repeal the Affordable Care Act.”
Mayor Waley was asked whether she felt that the president had heard her concerns and would be responsive or helpful to work towards finding a solution to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence and racial divisiveness.
“I think he heard me, but I don’t know if he will take action. I’m hoping, for the people of Dayton, that he does,” she said. “I’m not holding my breath. Too often we just see complete inaction because they are waiting just for time so people can forget that nine people died in Dayton. Because of a gun that shouldn’t be legal, frankly,” Whaley said. “Washington will not move.”
Trump was not pleased with what he heard.
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Essentially planning on using his visits to the victims as a method of deflecting blame from his own racist rhetoric that has helped inspire white supremacists into the type of violent actions that left 31 people dead, Trump lashed out on Twitter after seeing the Ohio politicians undermine his efforts with the truth about what he really needed to do to begin to address the problem.
….misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Trump’s tweet demonstrates that his obsession with the public perception of his own image far outweighs any concerns he may have had for the victims and their families.
If he was truly the empathetic president the nation needs — rather than the pathetic excuse for a president who divides the nation with his bigoted behavior that he is — he would just stay silent and subsume his ego out of respect for the victims of the tragedies that he helped inspire.
If only if he was capable of such self-control.
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Original reporting by Connor Mannion at Mediaite.