Donald Trump spent a few moments yesterday pretending to care about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and its victims, and even then he needed the aid of a cue card with simple empathetic responses written on it along the lines of “I hear you.” This morning, Trump went right back to being his regular self: bloodthirsty, evil, divisive, corrupt, and psychotic.
Trump used his Twitter account this morning to lay out a twisted blood-drenched fantasy in which teachers are running around school firing guns. It was so disturbing that we’re not even going to quote all of it, but here’s enough to give you chills: “History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT! If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”
I don’t use this word often in my writing, but what an asshole. After he finished laying out his utterly demented scenario which would obviously result in bullets flying in every direction and for more kids dying, Trump went on to declare that the people running the NRA are “Great People and Great American Patriots.” Because that’s just who he is.
In fairness to Donald Trump, he also randomly announced this morning that he’s planning to raise the legal age from eighteen to twenty-one. But we all know he’s not actually going to do that, because it would cost the gun lobby some sales. As he just finished reminding us, he’s every bit as much of a puppet of the NRA as he is a puppet of Russia.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report