Yesterday, the nation was rocked by another tragic shooting when a 15-year-old boy entered a Kentucky school and shot two students dead, wounding 18 others. It’s the sort of heartbreaking incident that Americans have grown all too accustomed to in a country awash in firearms.
President Trump didn’t so much as send out a tweet expressing condolences to the families of the victims, but somehow made the time to attack CNN and the FBI for the umpteenth time.
It’s perhaps not surprising that he chose to avoid calling attention to the Kentucky shooting, given the fact that his administration has refused to tackle even basic, common sense gun control measures despite the deadliest shooting in modern history occurring under his watch in Las Vegas this past October. Trump can’t risk offending his NRA benefactors by addressing the epidemic of American gun violence so he remains silent as Americans are gunned down.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Demonstrating both class and grace, Trudeau tweeted out that he had personally spoken to the Governor of Kentucky and offered his condolences on behalf of Canada.
It’s a simple gesture but demonstrates exactly the kind of empathy that our president is so sorely lacking. Trump has not said that he called Governor Bevin, and it seems likely that if he had it’s something he would have tweeted about.
I’ve spoken with Kentucky’s @GovMattBevin to offer condolences on behalf of Canadians for today’s shooting in Benton. Our hearts go out to Kentuckians, and to all those affected by this tragedy.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 23, 2018
Bevin himself previously sent out an emotional tweet:
The souls of Marshall County have been bruised and the fabric of the community has been torn, but the people of Benton, KY and the surrounding communities are strong…With faith in God and with reliance on friends and family, we will get through this dark day together…#WeAreKY
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
It’s disgraceful that Donald Trump is ignoring the suffering of the families affected by this senseless violence as well as the suffering of Kentucky as a whole. It’s a shame that it takes a foreign leader to offer the basic compassion that grieving Americans deserve right now from their president.
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