Donald Trump Parkland shooting hospital visit


Trump visited Parkland shooting victims—and Twitter was slack-jawed

He's being criticized for his lack of empathy.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Feb 17, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:33 am CDT

Two days after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, President Donald Trump did what presidents do and traveled to Parkland, Florida to comfort the bereaved.

But he only spent about 35 minutes at the Broward North Health hospital, and he directed much of his attention congratulating the first responders. As the Washington Post noted, Trump paid homage to police officers, fire officials, and doctors.

“Incredible job, and everybody is talking about it,” Trump told reporters.

Trump also said the officers deserved a raise, but he apparently didn’t spend much time talking about the 17 victims who were killed or those who were being treated at the hospital.

Asked by a reporter in the hospital if he had seen any victims, Trump said, “Yes, I did. Yes, I did. It’s very sad that something like that could happen.” Trump reportedly visited only two victims at the hospital. Then, he went back to praising the doctors and first responders.

Here’s how Trump spent his time before departing for his Mar-a-Lago club.

And Twitter found it hard to believe.

It’s not the first time Trump hasn’t appeared to show much sympathy for the victims of a crime or of a natural disaster.

As the Post wrote, “Instead, he followed a tried-and-true playbook for responding to crises, as he has a mass shooting in Las Vegas and a hurricane in Texas: leaning on praise of the responders—casting their response in hyperbolic terms—while making quick and choreographed stops that do not draw protesters or detractors or large crowds.”

On Friday, the FBI revealed it had received a tip in January, warning the organization about shooter Nikolas Cruz. The FBI admitted it had not followed protocol in following up on the tip.

Despite Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s opinion that FBI Director Christopher Wray should resign, Trump was complimentary of the FBI on Friday.

“Great job. Really great job,” Trump told an FBI agent after his hospital visit, via the Hill. “We had a lot of FBI guys down here quickly. So great job, thank you very much.”

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*First Published: Feb 17, 2018, 8:31 am CST