Trump spewed a Twitter tirade over the weekend, politicizing the Parkland school shooting big time by blaming the FBI for "spending too much time on the Russia probe" explaining the failure to pick up Nikolas Cruz on their radar.
"This weapon, the AR-15, was actually the weapon the military was trying to use - instead of the M 16- in Vietnam, because it was more lethal." - Joe Scarborough this morning
As reported in the NY Times yesterday evening, Donnie Dotard went on a "Twitter tirade" all through the weekend, spewing out 13 tweets - like the angry little bird he is - mostly still insisting there was no collusion - after the release of the Mueller indictment. (See my post on it). Never mind Trump's obvious guilt (he "doth protest too much") tweets against Russian collusion, the most odious of all - which got the attention of a number of Stoneman Douglas High students - was that which tied the Parkland massacre to the Russian probe. The delirious Doturd wrote:
"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They were 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!"
Well, this prompted a reaction from the students who survived the carnage, including the following texts:
From Morgan Williams, a 16 yr. old Junior:
"Oh my god! 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA??? HAVE A DAMN HEART! You can keep all of your fake and meaningless thoughts and prayers!
Carly Novell - a Senior:
You know what isn't acceptable? Blaming everyone but the shooter and the lack of gun control in our country. You even blamed the students. We did report him, we tried. But how were we supposed to know what would happen? Your lack of sympathy proves how pitiful a person you are.
Kyra Parro - A Senior:
My friends were all brutally murdered and you have the nerve to make this about Russia? I can not believe this.
Aly Sheehy- A Senior:
17 of my classmates are gone. That's 17 futures. 17 children and 17 friends stolen. But you're right. it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget.
Meanwhile senior Emma Gonzalez had this simple advice:
"I think the best way to deal with this is to ignore him. I think we can all agree that nothing Trump tweets has a lasting impact."
Then there was David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school on NBC’s Meet the Press, who said:
“You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us, How dare you!"
Hogg was responding to Trump's ’s tweet on Saturday that Democrats had not passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president would hold a “listening session” with unspecified students on Wednesday and meet state and local security officials Thursday..
I'd warn the students now that this "session" may well turn out to be them doing most of the listening, and Dotard doing the blabbing. Or, Dotard doing a 'mock' listen complete with notes advising displays of empathy when called for. Be warned!
Sudents across the country are now organizing rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws in a challenge to politicians they say have failed to protect them. Emma Gonzalez made clear yesterday she and her fellow Douglas students will be pressing and organizing to have all NRA lapdog lawmakers voted out in November - in the expected "Blue wave".
Other activities will include a “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington on 24 March to call attention to school safety and ask lawmakers to enact gun control.See also: