When catastrophic events such as mass shootings occur, Republicans like to criticize Democrats for politicizing a tragedy. Democrats, however, simply want to prevent those tragedies.
Republicans, though, have never been more hypocritical after the Parkland, FL shooting that took 17 lives in mere minutes. The NRA’s Dana Loesch went as far as to say that Democrats actually loved mass shootings. No, we do not. We don’t like to watch people die.
Regardless, Republicans can’t say they didn’t use the Parkland, FL. shooting to their own advantage. When Trump visited survivors of the shooting for a whole 35 minutes, a picture was taken of Trump with survivor Madeleine Wilford. It was a black and white photo, which evokes emotion, and he’s seen leaning over touching her arm.
However, he then took and emailed that photo to Republican donors asking for money for his reelection campaign. CNN reported the email said:
‘Trump is taking steps toward banning gun bump stocks and strengthening background checks for gun purchasers. The President has made his intent very clear: “making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.”‘
Below that, the email included a link to his donation page.
There is nothing more sleazy than actually using a photo from your short meeting with survivors, who are demanding action on gun control, for donations. You’re literally profiting off of a tragedy. It’s disgusting and is a new low for Trump.
When Wilford’s best friend Morgan Williams learned the president had used the photo to fundraise, she did not take it lightly, and she was not okay with it. She took to Twitter on Sunday and tweeted:
‘Don’t you fucking dare use a photo of one of my best friends for your benefit. If you truly cared, maybe you would have stayed at the hospital longer than 20 minutes.’
Needless to say, Twitter users responded, and the responses were just as strong as Williams’ response. The president used a moment of tragedy and heartbreak to fundraise for his reelection campaign and a photo opportunity. When President Barack Obama visited Newtown and spoke, he cried. He also stayed for hours with the survivors and families of the victims. That’s what a real president does, and Trump has a long way to go before he’ll ever be considered a real leader.
You can check out the Twitter responses below.
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