President Donald Trump never seems to miss an opportunity to take a deeply upsetting national tragedy and somehow make it even worse. From his determination to equivocate after the death of Charlottesville protester Heather Heyer to his latest tone-deaf debacle — the jaunty “thumbs up” gesture the president flashed when posing for a photo with first responders to Wednesday’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
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
The Trumps sped through their hospital visit and the president’s hasty press conference at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office before the motorcade swept off into the night and deposited the chief executive and his spouse at a Studio 54-themed “disco party” at Mar-a-Lago.
Much of the nation recoiled from Trump’s show of insensitivity.
What’s the thumbs up? I’m confused, you are visiting a patient not campaigning.
— Believed (@CapulongJo) February 18, 2018
— ChairmanMeow (@ChairmanMeowz) February 18, 2018
You need to shut up you ignorant, impotent, incompetent idiot. America thanks you for giving up a day of golf to give the thumbs up, you inappropriate fool. By the way, your wife feels the same.
— Jane Leamy (@parkcityjanie) February 18, 2018
I cannot believe how happy you look in these photos!! Makes me want to knock that ridiculous grin right off your face. Thumbs up??? After a horrific school shooting?? You’re the most ignorant, despicable human on earth.
— Left Brained (@MarciaLee221) February 18, 2018
After Sandy Hook, Obama was visibly distraught. Trump is smiling and giving a thumbs up.
— Angie 🇨🇦 (@GeorgianRose) February 18, 2018
Thumbs up huh? You are a disgrace.
— Jill Kalmar (@Jill_Kalmar) February 18, 2018
@RealDonad_Trump Who the hell smiles and gives a thumbs up after 17 people are murdered?!? WTF?!?
— D Kinney (@Kinney1Diane) February 18, 2018
Social media torches Trump for giving thumbs up while visting Florida shooting victims.
What a heartless clown! pic.twitter.com/ALpQQNFGIS
— Alamo_on_the_rise (@AlamoOnTheRise) February 18, 2018
Are you tweeting this bullshit from your disco party at Mar-a-Lago, you low life scumbag? A disco party right after visiting shooting victims? Are you going to grimace and give thumbs up after visiting the next group of victims you classless ghoul?#WorstPresidentEver #RESIGN
— Dana Brady (@DanaBrady130) February 18, 2018
I noticed the same thing last night – the thumbs up AND the shit-eating grin. Everything is a damn photo op for him – and he is missing the sympathy/empathy chip in his brain … and his heart. #NeverAgain
— SusieQ (@suzieqtiepie) February 18, 2018