The pattern continues: Trump doesn’t blame the people responsible
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Following the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, Trump continues in his pattern of blaming the victim, the immigrants, the Muslims, and everyone but the perpetrators themselves. This is not new. Since his inauguration, there have been countless tragedies around the world, but a few that stand out in particular.
The first, and arguably most tragic, event in Trump’s presidency was the Parkland School shooting in February 2017. His official statement, written by professional speech writers, offered his sympathy and compassion. His twitter, however, told a different story. He blamed the FBI for being too busy with the Russia probe to have caught the perpetrator before the shooting, because he had many, many reasons for suspicion and arrest before the event. While it is true that the FBI and law enforcement should have picked up on the shooter, Trump is completely out of line in blaming the Russia probe as a ‘distraction.’
In April of 2017, a chemical weapons attack in Syria prompted Trump to tweet several accusations, none to the president of Syria, who was directly responsible. He blamed Putin for backing the Syrian president, and later Obama for not going far enough to stop Syria and destroy their chemical weapons.
The next event to occur was a car bomb on London Bridge in June of 2017. Before he tweeted condolences, Trump pushed his agenda and travel ban, using this event as a prime example of why it is necessary. He then attacked the mayor of London for his response to the tragedy. After all that, Trump finally tweeted that he backed Britain and would do anything to help.
With the Kavanaugh case, Trump actively mocked Dr. Blasey Ford and called her a liar at a rally in Mississippi. While this is obviously still a very controversial and divisive topic, I will only say that the leader of our country should be open to an investigation into someone who will make important decisions in our court for several decades.
Most recently, Trump made statements about the synagogue shooting in Pittsburg. Yet again, his official statement contained sympathies and a call to action against anti-Semitism, but his press conferences and interviews tell a different story.
Before his campaign rally, Trump stated that “if they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.” Moreover, while he was boarding his plane, he said that armed guards inside the temple would have been able to stop the shooter.
No house of worship should feel threatened in a country that has freedom of religion. No one should have to guard their sanctuaries with guards and weapons. It is not fair, it is not right, and it should not happen. Ever.
I understand that it is a politician’s job to push their agenda and to get people to agree with them, but after a tragedy there is a certain amount of time youve to wait before infusing your ideologies into what has happened. As the leader of a country, Trump sets the precedent for how people will react to an event. If he does not blame the people responsible and goes straight to agenda-pushing and blaming other politicians, his entire following will do the same, with not enough respect paid to the victims, and not enough consequence put on the perpetrator.
The problem is not that Trump speaks his mind on gun control and immigration. It is that he does not wait long enough after people have died to do so, and that he does not place the blame on the people who deserve it.