In a week in which the president sided with men accused of sexual harassment and domestic abuse, Donald Trump still managed to hit a new low in victim blaming Thursday morning whenhe called out the students at Stoneman Douglas High School for not reporting the former student who killed 17 people yesterday.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
(The tweet was threaded with a tweet from yesterday about DACA, which may have been an accident.)
Trump’s decision to place the onus to stop shootings on the citizens who were just terrorized—and not say, the weapons involved in the massacre—did not sit well with many.
Trump's 2018 budget proposal contained a 23% reduction in mental health services block grants and $625 million in combined cuts to— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) February 15, 2018
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health. https://t.co/ZLk6sNzYQo
Hello 911? I'd like to report an emotionally disturbed young man with behavioral issues who owns an entire arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and posts crazy stuff online— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) February 15, 2018
911: none of that is illegal or an emergency ma'am
Ok, but the President said
911: have a good day
Trump laying the onus on the students, not members of Congress, to help prevent the next school shooting https://t.co/m56tNKDUjJ— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 15, 2018
he was expelled from the school. his mother while she lived frequently called the police to talk to him. the "authorities" knew. the "authorities" are unwilling to take remedial action because they are in the pay of the gun lobby. https://t.co/jg5rBX1nG0— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 15, 2018
Despite talking about warning signs of mental illness, almost immediately after he took office, Trump signed into law a bill rolling back Obama-era regulations aimed at making it harder for those receiving government assistance for mental health problems to get guns.