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Trump's Twitter Tragedy: Cookie-Cutter Shooting Responses

The man messed up, bigly, with condolences.


We already know Donald Trump isn't going to do much of anything about gun violence. But is it too much to ask that he treat every mass shooting as a unique event and respect the lives snuffed out in each case?

Apparently it is.

When a gunman opened fire on a Texas church in early November, killing more than two dozen people and injuring many more, he tweeted:

May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.

When another gunman in Northern California shot and killed four people and injured others at an elementary school and other locations a week later, Trump tweeted (and then deleted):

May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.

Yep: He named the wrong town in the wrong state.

Dumb, made dumber
But it's not even a copy/paste job. While 45 obviously used the previous tweet for reference, you can tell he rewrote it because he took the time to:

  • Incorrectly capitalize law enforcement
  • Break subject-verb agreement by saying "has" instead of "have"
  • Swap out "w/" for "with" and an ampersand with the word "and"
  • Edit out his previous visit to Japan

All this while somehow overlooking the most important fact and the reason for the tweet: a mass shooting in Northern California.

Contrast that with this tweet in the ongoing bickerfest with the leader of North Korea:

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!

Wow! A properly hyphenated name and no random proper nouns. If only the president would spend as much time crafting his condolences as he does his insults.

Then again, when Trump took the time to mock Sen. Al Franken for charges of sexual harassment (while remaining silent on Senate hopeful Roy Moore for the same), he misspelled Frankenstein.

Good grief.

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