Amid the White House’s listening session for people directly impacted by mass shootings in schools, an Associated Press photo circulated of President Donald Trump holding a response cue card that included the phrase “I hear you.”
Actual AP photo of the President's notes during the listening session (Carolyn Kaster) pic.twitter.com/jQtBvYTP3g
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 21, 2018
Naturally, Twitter took note of the phrase.
“Raise your hand if you’re surprised that Trump needs to reminded to say ‘I hear you’ in a listening session,” user Amy Bingham tweeted.
Raise your hand if you're surprised that Trump needs to reminded to say "I hear you" in a listening session. https://t.co/O12HICfsUl
— Amy “it’s fewer, not less” Bingham (@BlondMsKang) February 21, 2018
“The president had to be reminded to show empathy in a listening session on gun violence,” another said. “Let that sink in.”
The President had to be reminded to show empathy in a listening session on gun violence. Let that sink in. https://t.co/lwTDxl0lZB
— Kyle Sutton (@kbsutt) February 21, 2018
Read more responses below:
Barack Obama sang “amazing grace” at a funeral in Charleston and Donald Trump needs a fucking cheat card to show empathy. https://t.co/J9fnsa3Zes
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) February 21, 2018
And look at the "45" monogram on the cuff https://t.co/4LqdsxXlnH
— David Friend (@DavidMFriend1) February 21, 2018
Student: We want universal background checks and stricter regulations.
Another student: Also important to outlaw semi-automatic weapons and recoil tools that make guns perform like automatic weapons.
Trump: I hear you. I am going to eliminate gun-free zones and arm teachers
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 21, 2018
Donald reveals the rest of his notes at the school shooting "Listening Session" pic.twitter.com/tVSLExTmmQ
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) February 21, 2018
TRUMP: I smell-uhh I mean *checks notes* I hear you. pic.twitter.com/Qhu5srAemw
— Shayne Topp (@supershayne) February 21, 2018
It's really sad that Trump needed someone to write down "I hear you" for him to remember to try and show empathy for those impacted by gun violence. pic.twitter.com/AsH3XGIM91
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 21, 2018
Trump brought cliff notes to the gun violence listening session. Final note “I hear you” pic.twitter.com/AQZAXIkFep
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 21, 2018
What a living dead-man! Trump's "cues" to say to the high-school kids reading him and his nativist tribalistic Republican white-nationalist party the riot-act. "I hear you". The man is like a zombie. A White Walker pic.twitter.com/NDAoDG1lY5
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) February 21, 2018
To help him simulate human reactions, Trump's minders gave him a cheat sheet that prompted him to say things like "I hear you" during the WH listening session on the #Parkland shootings. [@AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster] pic.twitter.com/cEyVNDlvjU
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) February 21, 2018
Maybe if we had "Be a better president" on his hand it would work? https://t.co/5YTZvXLC0M
— (((Charles Young))) (@CharlieYoungEsq) February 22, 2018