The easiest thing to do is not to attack two cities that have been attacked by mass shooters, said MSNBC’s John Heilemann. But that’s precisely what President Donald Trump did after leaving Ohio.
The president left Ohio attacking one of the senators of the state and his staff called the mayor a liar.
“He can hit the right notes in person, go to the hospital and say the right things but when he retreats to the safety of his cabin on Air Force One or the White House that evening, he turns and puts on the cable news and turns to Twitter and reacts. And we’re seeing that now,” said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire. “It’s remarkable though, midday flying from one grieving city to the other, that he’s already launched political attacks after starting his day at the White House saying that he’s going to tone down his rhetoric and being critical of others for playing politics with these tragedies. He’s doing exactly that, which he’s done time and time again.”
“Violence came to them from ten hours away,” Wallace recalled of El Paso. “But on our day the focus should be on the victims Jonathan Lemire, here is correct to point out it’s at least worth reporting from the White House perspective that Donald Trump is sensitive, prickly and angry.”
Heilemann agreed, saying that the president is almost incapable of empathy.
“And [he’s] incapable of exercising just a very basic human quality that’s not about politics,” he said. “John [Lemire] mentioned that Trump had trouble in moments of crisis, right? Or where there’s been a disaster of some kind, a natural disaster. This is not just any kind of disaster. It’s a particular kind of thing here. A mass shooting, two mass shootings over one weekend in which the country is clearly wracked and in anguish over this moment. The notion — just to say the words — between one city and the other, Donald Trump attacked, attacked the mayor, attacked Sherrod Brown, attacked Joe Biden…. this is not a political skill, this is something any normal, sane, human being, would be like, ‘You know what? On today, what am I going to do? I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to attack anyone. Like, it’s the easiest thing in the world!”
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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview
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Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.
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