In Wake of Shooting, Trump Calls for Solidarity
Trump made the announcement Wednesday. Shooter James T. Hodgkinson is dead.
Then, in a somber, presidential tone, Trump encouraged the nation to band together.
The shooting occurred at baseball practice for the annual congressional fundraiser. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others were injured. Trump offered prayers and support for Scalise, who he called a “true friend,” a “patriot,” and a “fighter.”
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
As Business Insider reports:
Trump also praised the police officers who were wounded at the scene.
“Many lives would have been lost without the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault,” Trump said. “Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims.”
He added that the police’s “sacrifice makes democracy possible.”
Trump’s pro-police policies make his words more believable than anything we heard from Obama. In fact, Obama rarely had the decency to address violence in our nation. In fact, even when police were shot and killed in the line of duty, Obama failed to offer condolences.
Praising Public Servants:
“Everyone on that field is a public servant: our courageous police, our congressional aides, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress, who represent our people,” Trump said. “We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country.”
Trump expressed admiration for the courage of first responders.
“Always remember those who serve and keep us safe.” Trump reminded.
Finally, we have a president who honors his country. And unlike Governor McAuliffe of Virginia, Trump did not use this tragedy as a change to further promote his agenda. Instead, he focused on reassuring a nation.
“We can all agree we are blessed to be Americans and our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace.”
Unfortunately, we’re still recovering from the eight years that destroyed our safety and peace. Obama’s anti-police policies created a war zone on our streets. Now, people like Hodgkinson believe they can use violence to express their opinions. We’re fighting foreign terrorists and homegrown terrorism simultaneously. Yet, Trump remains hopeful.
“We are best when we are unified and we work together for the common good.” Trump added.