The difference between Trudeau’s and Trump’s response to Kentucky’s school shooting says it all

- Januari 24, 2018

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.

Bevin himself previously sent out an emotional tweet:

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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