He had every opportunity to rise above his constant rants and childish tantrums, but Donald Trump instead chose that moment to congratulate himself for predicting the massacre in Orlando.
Again, the FBI and Orlando police were still removing bodies from the nightclub.
He could have taken a breath and shown due respect to those killed and wounded, congratulated the Orlando police department, Sheriff's deputies, SWAT . . . anyone . . for saving dozens of others trapped by the gunman inside the club, and held out a sympathetic hand to the LGBT community.
But no. The carnival barker couldn’t rise . . . couldn’t bring himself to see the events as anything but a way to congratulate himself and bark at Obama and Clinton. While gallons of blood were still flowing across the floor.
There were more than 300 people in Pulse, the popular gay nightclub, when the shooter entered, engaging a uniformed Orlando policeman working at the club.
The brave, the courageous and the supporters . . . That cop, massively outgunned, saved dozens of lives. Cops rush in when we all flee. Orlando police and Sheriff's deputies . . .The team that burst through the wall with their Bearcat armored vehicle and killed the shooter in a hail of gunfire . . . The hundreds and hundreds of people who lined up to give blood . . . The doctors, nurses and first responders, as well as club goers, who saved lives . . . The outpouring of support from around the country and the world . . .
But Trump was unable to see the big picture and modify his usual antics, even hinting later in the day that Obama might be sympathetic to terrorists. That little twist of words encourages Trump’s rabid supporters to think that maybe Obama’s “Muslim” sympathies or even his “Muslim beliefs” were the reason he avoids saying “radical Islamic terrorists,” even though many terrorism experts believe that term inflames and divides.
“He could have appeared dignified, controlled, in-command, following the time-tested presidential path blazed by George W. Bush in 2001 and Obama on Sunday. Instead, he bellowed like Ralph Kramden throwing an I-told-you-so over his shoulder at passengers on his bus.” (Politico)
No matter whether or not one is a Trump supporter, his blindness to large issues, and his inability to grasp even basic knowledge about a wide range of topics is becoming more and more obvious. Even Trump enabler Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “. . . It’s pretty obvious he (Trump) doesn’t know a lot about the issues. You see that in the debates in which he’s participated.”
And yet here we are, an ego maniac touting his "incredible insight" into terrorism by bragging that he saw the Orlando attack coming. So did everyone else, Donald. We all knew there would be other attacks, and we also know that you insult the FBI and other law enforcement agencies by saying “our security is terrible.”
While he continued through the day with his self-congratulatory Tweets, and attacks on his political opponents, he offered not one solution to stop this type of lone wolf attack. Not one. Big, sweeping rhetoric, but not one solution or idea offered that might actually stop a crazy person from legally buying a couple of guns and unleashing hell in a nightclub.
Perhaps that’s because there are no easy solutions . . . As I said, these types of attacks are nearly impossible to stop . . . There is no communication between the potential shooter and anyone else, but only a cold determination to go kill people. Cops will stop potential threats here and there (As they did in Los Angeles over the weekend when they arrested a guy with a car full of weapons and bomb-making supplies.) Potential attackers may make mistakes that hit the law enforcement radar, but, as in the Orlando case, they may not.
Trump is unwinding the things that make our nation great. His ignorance, small-minded thoughts, twisted insinuations and petty personal attacks are not making us great again, they are making us more divided, fearful, petty and racially ignorant. Trump fans the worst flames of hate and prejudice and congratulates himself for knowing what we all know, turning what could have been a human moment into a day of self-loving. People died, Donald.
One man, two weapons and a slaughter in an Orlando nightclub.
Let’s take a minute to pray for those who died and those who were wounded, as well as their families and friends. Let them be in our thoughts.