“Like He’s at the Grand Opening of a Car Lot”
Donald Trump left Washington D.C. on Friday to visit victims of the country’s latest mass shooting in Florida, although he wasn’t wanted, resulting in a new header photo for the president's Twitter account.
After the president told reporters that he saw some of those injured by a 19-year old gunman who killed 17 people and wounded 14 others on Wednesday, he praised doctors, law enforcement officials and first responders.
Trump subsequently ignored a reporter asking about the nation’s gun laws, but soon weighed in on his tone deaf visit via Twitter:
“Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL,” the president (or an aide) tweeted. “To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage!https://instagram.com/p/BfSO1z6gpaB/
Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage! https://t.co/3yJsrebZMG pic.twitter.com/ti791dENTy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
Twitter users quickly offered their take:
The president's new Twitter banner is a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs up while meeting tonight with police officers who responded to the massacre of 17 people, most of them students, at a high school in Parkland pic.twitter.com/3NoH95CqKQ— Mark Berman (@markberman) February 17, 2018
Apparently school shootings get a thumbs up! 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/ZVYy1MEXPw— Dan Sterling (@dansterl) February 17, 2018
Here’s Trump’s new header pic. He’s meeting with Florida police about the Parkland shooting and giving a thumbs up like he’s at the grand opening of a car lot. pic.twitter.com/IQhnsTPIfv— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 17, 2018
I have a theory about why she does that — I think it’s so her hands aren’t easily accessible if he tries to hold one. (Seriously.) https://t.co/LC3eZb1FCP— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 17, 2018
I mean ... 17 people died. Why is everyone smiling? pic.twitter.com/v8YkXcLFM1— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 17, 2018
You disgusting, emotionless, phony person @realDonaldTrump. To give a thumbs up like you just had a great dinner. No empathy. Disgusting. Go away.— Sarah C (@sarahc0915) February 17, 2018
Our entire nation, w/one heavy heart, grieves that our president believed a 'thumbs up' was an appropriate gesture in this situation! https://t.co/aUsbTU25gd— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) February 17, 2018
Trumps new Twitter banner his him giving the thumbs up in front of aerial shots of the school in Florida where 14 children and 3 teachers were killed.— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) February 17, 2018
There are no words.
Yep, it happened. We got to see Trump’s idea of a respectful, post-school-shooting Thumbs Up. pic.twitter.com/li5muQJ9xl— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) February 17, 2018