Did Donald Trump Just Use A Cheat Sheet To Remind Him To Show Empathy To Shooting Survivors?
Following the terrible Parkland shooting, Donald Trump met parents and friends of young victims. Seated around the president, they told him heart-breaking stories and shared their loss. Crying and raising their voices, students and parents begged the 71-year-old to take action and fix gun control. Like one of the fathers said:
It should've been one school shooting, and we should've fixed it.
And we totally agree with that. Trump promised to figure things out and expressed support for arming teachers. While some backed the idea, it raised many controversial reactions. And this was not the only thing that made people angry.
I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families. So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
When the president linked the shooting to the FBI’s failure to prevent it (blaming them on spending too many resources on the Russia investigation), students could not keep silence. They rushed to the social media, asking Trump to change priorities:
My friends were brutally murdered and you have the nerve to make this about Russia.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
And now comes the second wave of lash out
Those eagle-eyed who attended the listening session noticed that the president used handwritten notes to help him navigate the meeting. All the items were numbered, including what questions to ask and how to comfort the audience. And some of them may seem ridiculous.
People are now talking about item number five, which made the Internet go crazy:
I hear you.
President Donald Trump holds notes during a White House listening session with students and parents affected by school shootings. (AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster) pic.twitter.com/Z0lZbSVaoF
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 21, 2018
Needless to say, the fact that the president needs to be reminded to offer sympathy caused major negative reactions.
Here are some of them
Trump carried a list of five responses to the students and parents appealing to him to prevent school shootings.
1. “What would you most want me to know about your experience?”
5. “I hear you.” https://t.co/VqMqj3zEMg
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 21, 2018
Trump going into the meeting: pic.twitter.com/mirzahw8i0
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 21, 2018
"what is this again"
"a listening session sir"
"i wrote it down for you sir"
— darth™ (@darth) February 21, 2018
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Tell me your thoughts about guns
And (5) I hear you
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 21, 2018
Trump, looks at notes: what can we do to make you feel safer?
Kids: things need to change
Trump, looks at notes: I hear you
Kids: we need stricter gun control
Trump, looks at notes: pic.twitter.com/G5Hi8DeNTi
— David Hughes (@david8hughes) February 21, 2018
But we still hope that this meeting was productive, and a real change will come to secure the health and lives of children.